“Empowering women and young entrepreneurs of Senegal”

LAUNCH OF THE PROGRAM | March the 26th 2015 Dakar

African Diplomatic Academy (ADA), linked to the State of Senegal by a headquarters agreement, decides to support the achievement of national food security as a priority objective in the groundnut sector by launched in partnership with IDA, Fongip, ILO, PAPEJF. This new project is the first component of a national program called Empowerment Program for Women Entrepreneurs and Youth of Senegal, for a period of 5 years, bringing together a dozen integrated solutions projects for the enhancement of agricultural products in sectors horticultural and oilseeds, cereals, fruit, fish, etc. The Entrepreneur Empowerment Program Women and Youth of Senegal, is one of the first mode of implementation of the partnership agreement between ECOWAS and the ADA signed August 15, 2014 whose fundamental objective enters the part of the implementation of the 2020 ECOWAS vision dedicated to the realization of effective integration of the populations of all Member States for ECOWAS of people. To this end, a whole focus is the promotion of economic growth and employment in the region, in accordance with Community policies and national strategies underway.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES FOR YOUNG AND WOMEN

The main objective of Family mills project is to promote the transfer of technology, know-how extraction of vegetable oils, including peanut, to create sustainable jobs for women and young people, to create growth and alleviate the domestic work of women. The project launch workshop mills Family aims to share with stakeholders of Senegal’s groundnut industry, innovation and socio-economic opportunities offered by the concerted actions of the main partners of the project.

It is specifically:

– Present sustainable employment solutions, promotion and development of Micro, Small and Medium Family Business (MSMEs) and finally the optimization of entrepreneurial capacity of women and young people.
– Share with the private sector, women entrepreneurs and young people access opportunities including export markets through business partnerships already achieved.
– Contribute to the growth of the sector through the upgrading of food processing process by the transfer of technology and adapted certified and knowledge required in the extraction of vegetable oils.

STRATEGY

ADA strategy for this project is focused on:
• The establishment of a rational state of the needs of urban and rural populations;
• The development of innovative solutions, integrated and sustainable market access;
• Promoting innovative market access finance systems;
• The networks of entrepreneurs Promotion and direct and indirect jobs (Women-Young);
• The development of socio-economic leadership of women and youth;
• Establishment of a device of a steering-ordination and partnership supported by a “hard core” consisting of: FONGIP (institution specializing in the collateral to priority investments in Senegal); ILO (Execution Office of the United Nations specialized in social protection, decent work and training); PAPEFJ (Support Project for the Promotion of Women and Youth Employment – financed by ADB) and support the Ministry of Youth of Senegal; IDA (Initiative for the Development of Africa, Main ADA Enforcement Agency); ADA African Diplomatic Academy (initiator and bearer of this project with headquarters in Dakar, Senegal from 1999) and ECOWAS (Economic Community of the states of West Africa) regional institution of economic integration, social and cultural.

EXPECTED RESULTS

• Sustainable employment solutions, promotion and development of Micro, Small and Medium Family Business (MSMEs) and the optimization of entrepreneurial capacity of women and young people are available.
• In real market access opportunities are presented and shared;
• The upgrading of food transformation processes certified by the transfer of technology and suitable for the extraction of vegetable oils is adopted.

COORDINATION AND PARTNERSHIP STEERING

A “hard core” consisting of strategic partners is established:
– FONGIP: institutions specializing in the collateral to priority investments in Senegal;
– ILO: International Labor Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations social protection, decent work and training;
– AFDB: African Development Bank through its project to support the Advancement of Women and Youth Employment (PAPEFJ) that supports the Minister of Youth of Senegal;
– IDA: Initiative for the Development of Africa (Executing agency of the ADA program for women and young people)
– ADA: African Diplomatic Academy, initiator and bearer of this sustainability initiative in Senegal;
– ECOWAS (Economic Community of states of West Africa) regional institution of economic integration, social and cultural.
This partnership will be expanded, will place particular emphasis on the strategic aspects.