Senegal: Promoting Initiatives and Cultural Industries in Senegal
Senegal has developed policies to promote the country's great cultural diversity, but some regions and groups have been left behind. The goal of the Joint Programme was to support the government in implementing national policies aimed at promoting culture as an engine of sustainable human development, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as women and young people.
The programme focused on the following initiatives:
- Improving national capabilities in terms of competitiveness and product quality, added value and skilled job creation and investment.
- Increasing the revenue stream for the poor and for vulnerable groups working in the area of culture and development.
- Ensuring the sustainability of the livelihoods and local environment of vulnerable groups through the development of natural resources and an environmental protection response.
- Improving the capacity of public institutions to apply the principles of human rights, gender equality and sustainable development in policies and programmes relating to culture and development.
- Boosting the capability and resources of local communities and community organizations to participate more effectively in the process of decentralization and management of local development.
Main achievements included:
The sites of the Saloum Delta and the Bassari Landscapes were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The revenue generated by the increase in tourist visits has helped to improve the living standards of local communities.
The Cultural Centre of Toubacouta was opened with a space for handicrafts, women, youth and an eco-museum. Its management plan included local population to allow them to benefit from the installations and improve their livelihoods. The multi-ethnic Bassari Grand Ballet was founded, along with the Allalaké and Betenti Women artisan groups in the Saloum Delta .
The programme supported the creation of micro-, small- and medium-enterprises to improve incomes. Initiatives promoting partnerships created a climate of confidence and knowledge exchange. In the tourism sector, two websites were launched to assist in the marketing of tourist campsites in both regions.