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CRS in Senegal: An Overview of Our Work

CRS in Senegal: An Overview of Our Work   

This fact sheet describes CRS' work in Senegal. Our current programming in Senegal includes the following areas:

  • Food security, livelihoods and resilience
  • Agriculture
  • Nutrition and health
  • Tuberculosis
  • Peacebuilding

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Our history in Senegal

CRS has worked in Senegal for over 50 years. We were one of the first international NGOs to assist the country when it gained independence. CRS’ long-term presence has allowed us to respond effectively to changing conditions within the country.

What we do

CRS employs an integrated approach to help vulnerable people lead full and productive lives. We reach over 110,000 people per year in seven of the 14 regions in Senegal through programs on food security, livelihoods, resilience, agriculture, nutrition, health, and peacebuilding.

We implement programs in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, including national and local governments, international NGOs, and local organizations. Our priorities include the following areas:

  • Food security, livelihoods and resilience, especially increasing income opportunities and improving resilience to disasters
  • Agriculture
  • Nutrition and health, especially for women and children
  • Tuberculosis
  • Peacebuilding

Current programs

Food security and livelihoods

We are improving food security, nutrition, and resilience for 40,000 people suffering from the Sahel food crisis in Diourbel. The program includes conservation agriculture, food-for work, cash-for-work, and community garden activities. We are also focusing on the nutritional and income needs of breastfeeding and pregnant women and children under 5, who are most vulnerable to poor nutrition.

Our partner is Caritas Thies. USAID’s Food for Peace Initiative has contributed US$2.5 million to this ninemonth program that will end in July 2013.


We are helping vulnerable households to be more resilient to current and future disasters such as insect invasions, floods, drought and extreme price fluctuations of agricultural commodities. To do so, we use cash-forwork activities, conservation agriculture approaches, grain and seed storage technology improvements, and savings and lending groups. The project has reached 14,400 people in 48 villages in the Ziguinchor and Sedhiou regions.

Our partner is Caritas Ziguinchor. This is a one-year US$1 million project funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and a local organization called Justice and Development. It will end in June 2013.


We are reducing child malnutrition through nutrition monitoring and health care services for malnourished children. CRS is reaching over 20,000 women and children in nine health districts in the regions of Tambacounda and Kédougou.

Our partner is the Senegalese Ministry of Health. The World Bank is providing US$1 million to this program, which is funded every calendar year.


We are increasing the quality of community health services by training volunteers in basic health care and healthy habits such as seeking medical care when a child has a fever, reminding people to get their kids vaccinated, and promoting good hygiene practices. The volunteers work in community health huts, which are small, community-based facilities that provide basic health care and are often the first point of contact for health care at the village level.

This US$2.5 million, 5-year CRS project that began in November 2011 is part of a larger community health program led by ChildFund and funded by USAID.


We are reducing tuberculosis-related morbidity and mortality through better prevention and treatment. We are working with Senegalese government health districts and community based organizations in the Diourbel and Tambacounda regions to increase community communication and participating in identifying and responding to tuberculosis cases. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provides US$250,000 annually to this five-year program.


We are promoting peace by supporting communities in Casamance to resolve conflicts around natural resource management by bringing communities together in conflict mitigation and resolution training and by working on a commonly accepted community improvement project that benefits both communities. We are also supporting key community leaders in peace negotiations with government stakeholders. CRS is targeting 2,700 people in 14 villages and expects an additional 11,200 community members to benefit from project activities.

Our partners are Plateforme des Femmes and Caritas Ziguinchor. The US$1.2 million 3-year project is funded by USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

More information

For more information on our work in Senegal, contact our office at:

Address: 72, Blvd de la Republique, B.P. 11175, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 889 1575
Country profile: Senegal

Publication details

Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Fact sheet: 2 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches

Posted on April 11, 2013

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