Affirmative action policies: a springboard for youth and women’s employment in Senegal

Young people in hi-vis and hard hats at a power plant in Senegal

Unemployment rates among Senegal’s women and young people are much higher than the national average and they continue to rise. The second phase of the government’s Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PSE) provides investments in key sectors to continue the country’s economic growth but can it address unemployment? A team of local PEP researchers found that the 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.
Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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