With an area of over 190,00 km2, Senegal has a population of over 16 million inhabitants, of which more than one fifth are adolescents. Despite positive changes in recent years, poverty, gender inequality, climate change, economic upheaval and other forms of discrimination continue to threaten adolescents’ health and wellbeing. In particular, girls continue to face major challenges, such as a lower rate of transition to secondary education due to gender and school-based violence and discrimination, early marriage and pregnancy.

The country has a long history of urbanisation compared to many African countries. This is linked to its important location where major sea and air routes from Europe, Africa and the Americas come together.

As a result of decentralisation, cities are run by municipalities which relay planning needs to the state. This includes the needs of adolescents, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health, substance abuse, education, nutrition, socio-economic development, and social protection for vulnerable groups.

HCA has been active in Senegal since May 2019, with a grant to establish the Fort Pour Le Futur project in the city of Thiès.

Read more about Fort pour le Futur Phase I (2018-2022).

In July 2022, a second grant was awarded under Phase II (2022−2026) of HCA. The grant aims to develop and expand the project to two more cities, Pikine and Tivanoune.

Click the link below to read more about the Phase II project plans and ambitions.

The HCA Global Team recently commissioned a scoping study to explore opportunities for further programme expansion in Senegal.

HCA in Senegal is supported by the In-Country Advisor, Mamadou Diaw.

Start date:

Fort pour le Futur (Phase 2)