Promoting affirmative action policies to boost employment equality in Senegal

July 9, 2021 | Senegal

A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss how implementing affirmative action policies can increase employment equality in Senegal.

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July 9, 2021 – A team of local PEP researchers held an online national policy conference to share their recommendations for improving employment among women and youth in Senegal.

The team brought together around 20 policy stakeholders and advisors, civil society representatives, academics, and media representatives for the discussion. The key policy stakeholders in attendance included representatives of the Ministries of Employment, Vocational Training, Apprenticeship and Inclusion (MEFPAI); of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection (MFFGPE); and of Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (MCPME).

The PEP team presented findings and recommendations from their PEP project investigating how public investments can improve employment for women and youth in Senegal. See PEP Policy Brief 235 (in French) for policy analysis and recommendations.

The team explained that the country’s public investment strategy would create jobs, particularly for adults and women. However, many more jobs can be created (up to three times higher) and employment inequalities can be somewhat addressed by combining public investment with income tax reduction and a wage subsidy for women and youth.

Main outcomes

The audience response was very positive, with many congratulating the team for their timely work. The Director General for Planning and Economic Policy mentioned his appreciation that the team presented several policy options, believing that they would improve social equity and reduce unemployment in the long term. He also said that more research is needed to take the informal sector into account as most women and youth are informal workers.

The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. 

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