- Training of journalists organized on the link between media diversity and the 2005 Convention
- Dialogue strengthened between media professionals and cultural actors
- 26 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- First Quadrennial Periodic Report submitted to UNESCO on June 2016
Culture has long been considered a vehicle for self-determination and development in Senegal. Such perspective can be traced back to the early days of independence with the first president of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor and his literary ideal of Négritude which paved a way for cultural emancipation. Senegal was also one of the first Francophone Sub-Saharan countries to create a Ministry of Culture in 1966.
This long-standing concern for the cultural sector has been translated more recently with government initiatives such as the Letter of Sectoral Policy for the development of Culture and Communication (2016) which aims, over the next five years, to make these sectors “a lever for economic and social development and for national cohesion to promote cultural diversity, peace and democracy”.
Today, Senegal benefits from a dynamic cultural sector. In 2013, the country exported US$ 2.15 million worth of cultural goods (UNESCO Institute of Statistics) with the music industry making international headlines and musicians such as Youssou N’Dour breaking into global markets. Senegal is also host to important regional art events such as the Dakar Art Biennale, and Dakar is becoming a hub for digital creativity.
In recent years, UNESCO has supported Senegal to boost the cultural and creative industries of the country with the inter-agency project “Strengthening the Creative Industries in Five ACP Countries Through Employment and Trade Expansion” (2009) and through the International Fund for the Diversity of Culture which has financed 3 projects from NGOs in Senegal. Building on these past initiatives, this capacity building action provides an opportunity to further assess the needs of cultural professionals and map the state of affairs of the cultural sector in the country while defining new priorities for the coming years.