As part of technical assistance to the government of Senegal for the preparation of the country's third PRSP, DDVE organized in collaboration with the Senegal National Statistical Office and the unit at the Ministry of Finance in charge of the PRSP a two-day workshop at the end of June 2010 in order to assess progress towards improving development outcomes under the second PRSP from 2006 to 2010. More than 50 participants from various Ministries attended. The workshop followed two missions from Senegalese counterparts to Washington DC over the last six months in order to design and improve the next national household survey that will be fielded in the fall of 2010, and also in the meantime to use various other sources of data to measure progress in development outcomes and in the implementation of the PRSP.
The first part of the workshop was devoted to discussing likely trends in poverty reduction, as well as changes in conditions of living of households and human development indicators. Gains in access to basic social infrastructure at the village level in rural areas were also analyzed through data from two village level censuses. Due in part to the recent economic crisis, monetary poverty is likely not to have been reduced since the last household survey was implemented in 2005-06, but other indicators of well-being have improved, including school enrollment and completion rates, and the assets owned by households. Access at the village level to a wide range of facilities such as schools and health centers, as well as roads and other infrastructure services, also improved substantially, especially in poorer areas.
Other presentations at the workshop included a qualitative assessment through focus groups of the impact of the recent crisis on the poor, a detailed analysis of the private cost of schooling for households based on a 2008 household survey focused on education, as well as an assessment of the role of various types of school providers (including public schools, confessional schools, madrasas, and private schools), Preliminary results from Senegal's poverty and family structure survey, as well as a new poverty map based on the combination of the latest census and survey data together with examples of applied policy research based on the poverty map were also presented.
For more information on the workshop or to receive a copy of the presentations, please contact Quentin Wodon at email@example.com