National Competition for Innovative Experiences of Local Development (Senegal)

Conclusion of the First Edition of the National Competition for Innovative Experiences of Local Development in Senegal

Official award ceremony in Dakar


The CIDEL Programme is a result of the cooperation between the Senegalese and Italian Governments. In June 2014 the CIDEL Programme launched the first edition of the National Competition for Innovative Experiences of Local Development, in collaboration with the Universitas Programme of the KIP International School.  Since this was a pilot experience in Senegal, the process took more than a year, from June 2014 to October 2015.

From the beginning, a Scientific Committee, consisting of representatives of almost all the Senegalese universities (Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis, Université Aliou Diop de Bambey, Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor, Ecole Supérieure d'Economie Appliquée, Laboratoires de Recherche sur les Transformations Economiques et Sociales - LARTES, GERAD) was involved. Prof. Sambou Ndiaye, professor and researcher in sociology at the Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, was selected as scientific coordinator.

To learn more about the competition, click here.

Here is the list of the six winning experiences. Click on the name of the expierence to learn more.

National competition launched by the CIDEL programme in Senegal


In August 2014 the CIDEL programme in Senegal launched a national competition for innovative experiences of endogenous local development, in collaboration with the Universitas Programme of the KIP International School. As a first step, two experiences considered innovative good practices were selected from each of the 14 Regions of Senegal, based on criteria identified by the scientific committee established by CIDEL. Then, they have been the object of a process of participatory systematization to identify lessons for future practice and policy. Fourteen students from four of the country’s universities have been trained in methods of participatory research and were in the field working with the actors of the respective experiences to facilitate the documentation and analysis of their experience.

The aims  were multiple: to identify innovative practices that could be adapted to other realities in the country and beyond, to valorize the knowledge and know-how of local communities in Senegal and to engage young researchers in the development of their communities. The best of these practices have, successively, been presented in a national workshop and awarded a prize by the CIDEL Programme to support their continuation and consolidation. They have also been showcased in the KIP Pavilion during EXPO 2015 and will be published as case studies in a special issue of Universitas Forum.

To read the article, in French, published in the website www.pressafrik.com on the competition, click here.

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