LuxDev's activities in Senegal started in 1990 with the rehabilitation and extension of the health facilities of the Hospital of Saint-Louis. Similarly, the first Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP) between the Republic of Senegal and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, signed in January 2003, focused on the geographical axis Dakar - Saint-Louis. The sectors initially addressed were education and human resources training, health and access to drinking water and sanitation. Since then, many other programmes have been carried out in the context of ICP II and ICP III, which took place from 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 respectively, each time expanding the geographical areas of intervention.
The 4th Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP IV) between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Republic of Senegal was signed in December 2018. Within the framework of ICP IV, the Senegal office supervises bilateral development programmes, with the common thread of capacity building, in two priority sectors:
All of these programmes are strongly oriented towards, on the one hand, territorialisation of public policies and, on the other hand, support for reforms to modernise the state's public administration and the harmonised framework of public finances in the ECOWAS. The aim of these axes is to improve the quality of public management and services delivered to the population in a sustainable manner. In addition, the programme is active on cross-cutting themes, namely gender and the environment. All the programmes propose, in particular, to enhance existing structures and frameworks, both at national and regional levels, in the management and implementation of actions to promote greater alignment with national policies, such as the “Plan Sénégal émergent”, in line with the Paris Declaration.
Programmes are implemented through three execution modalities, namely national execution via the budgeted aid instrument, LuxDev implementation and the operational partnership agreements. However, national execution is not limited to an execution modality but implies full ownership and control of the whole process from planning to reporting by the actors.
The funds allocated to the bilateral programme by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg aim at sector support, capacity building and support to civil society. In terms of geographical coverage, the activities implemented cover seven regions in the northern and central zones of Senegal.
It should be noted that since 2016, LuxDev has also been implementing a programme financed by the European Union's emergency trust fund for the fight against the root causes of irregular migration. This intervention, which will last until June 2022, targets the Vocational Training and Integration sector in five regions in the South and East of Senegal. Among the four components of the programme, LuxDev intervenes on equitable access to vocational training by reinforcing the available training offer, improving the quality of training and developing professional integration mechanisms.