On Thursday 10 June, a joint review on the Italy-Senegal partnership was held online. The event was co-chaired by Senegalese Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation Amadou Hott and Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Marina Sereni.
In his speech, Minister Hott stated that “Italy is one of Senegal’s main partners” and that “Italian interventions are fully in line with the Revised and Accelerated Priority Action Program (PAP 2A) for the period 2019- 2023 “. According to what Hott said, in fact, more than 29 billion cfa francs, equivalent to about 45 million euros, have been spent over the last three years as part of the Italy-Senegal cooperation program.
Deputy Minister Sereni, in her speech, confirmed that Senegal remains a priority country for Italian cooperation, as well as one of the most important at the strategic level in Africa: “today, we have explored the extraordinary development potential of Italy-Senegal cooperation” she said. According to Sereni, in Senegal “the numerous projects implemented by the Italian Cooperation – financed with an estimated amount of 15 million euros per year between aid loans and grants- are focusing on achieving collective, concrete and measurable results, above all thanks to the solid multi-stakeholder partnerships, the strong emphasis on ownership of the country and the inclusive and participatory approach, which translates into a specific attention to the most marginalized and vulnerable groups“.
After the intervention of the Ambassador of Italy in Dakar, Giovanni Umberto De Vito, the event collected contributions from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), representatives of Italian group Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the ministries involved, the AICS program management unit, and representatives of civil society, United Nations agencies and the main development partners operating in Senegal.
The joint Italy-Senegal review for the years 2017-2020 focused in particular on the evaluation of the technical and financial effectiveness of the interventions, on the enhancement of good practices and synergies between the various programs in progress, on the identification of possible challenges and on sharing results. Italy reaffirmed its political and financial commitment in Senegal, as well as the priority sectors of intervention: rural development and management of natural resources, employment and the private sector, education and human development.
Italian support for government economic and social development policies was appreciated, particularly in the context of the most recent national reforms and ongoing efforts for a sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic recovery.
In this sense, the formulation of a new Italy-Senegal 2022-2025 country program was recommended. The other main recommendations that emerged concerned the improvement of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting system, the transversal issues of disability, gender, migration and the environment, the need for better communication with the beneficiaries of the projects, sharing of lessons learned. and strengthening the promotion of economic development through support for SMEs.