Senegal has made substantial improvements in its water supply and sanitation sector, thanks in part to institutional and legislative reforms that began in 1996 and have since improved the overall management of the sector in terms of quality of service delivery, efficiency of operations, and cost recovery. Senegal is regarded as a model of public-private partnership in sub-Saharan Africa, and its experience has been replicated in other African countries. Still, the population in Senegal’s poorest regions have the lowest access rates to safe drinking water and sanitation, have the highest malnutrition rates, and are vulnerable to low and variable rainfall that negatively impacts agricultural yields. As of 2015, 93 percent of Senegal’s urban areas had water supply coverage and 89 percent had sanitation coverage; rural coverage was is somewhat lower, at 71 percent for water supply and 43 percent for sanitation.
USAID/Senegal’s WASH activities are focused on increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation and promoting safe hygiene practices in the country. To make these efforts more sustainable, USAID is helping to create a demand-driven model for water and sanitation service provision, encourage private investment in the water and sanitation sectors, improve the management capacity of local water users’ associations and government actors, and improve the institutional and government environment to support these efforts. As a result of USAID activities in FY 2016, 31,816 people gained access to improved drinking water services, while 3,110 people gained access to improved sanitation services.
Source: USAID Development Experience Clearing House (DEC) and specific water activity websites. The funding level and start/end date shown here reflect the information available via the DEC or activity website at the time the activity was added to Globalwaters.org.
*Includes access to both basic and safely managed services