Social inclusion: validation workshop of the results of the evaluation on the degree of social inclusiveness of public policies in Senegal
This workshop, organized in Dakar on 9 October 2013, will share and validate the results of the evaluation, launched on 28 August 2013, of the degree of social inclusiveness of public policies in Senegal. An earlier workshop allowed to determine the methodology used for this evaluation.
Coordinated by the UNESCO Office in Dakar together with the National Commission for UNESCO of Senegal, the University of St. Louis, and a number of other partners, the evaluation of Senegalese policy is part of a larger inter-regional project program that is implemented by the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO in nine countries around the world, including three Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, and Senegal).
Funded by UNESCO's emergency fund, this project aims to ensure the strengthening of national capacities in the countries concerned by evaluating, comparing, and helping to reform national and local policies - as well as the regulatory framework for the application of the latter - in order to increase their inclusive dimension, especially in regard of women, and to achieve social sustainability.
In Senegal - as in all other countries where evaluations are being conducted by teams of multidisciplinary experts - the ultimate goal is to allow policies and regulatory frameworks to be harmonized, to facilitate an inclusive society that guarantees equal opportunities for all.
Hence, the main outcomes of this workshop will be:
• The sharing, enhancement, and validation of the results of the evaluation of social inclusiveness of public policies in Senegal by all stakeholders;
• The formulation of a series of recommendations to strengthen the dimension of inclusiveness in Senegalese policies which are to be communicated to the highest authorities of the State to ensure an effective implementation.
Thereafter, the government and key actors of the definition and implementation of public policy process - including NGOs and rightholders associations - should receive technical support and advice for the operationalization of recommendations that have been validated collectively, to ensure that the policy formulation and planning processes are socially inclusive.
Building inclusive societies is indeed a necessity and a long-term commitment for the entire international community, and especially for UNESCO who has made it one of the priorities of its Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme in 2012-2013.
On 1 October 2013, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, John Ashe, called on members of the United Nations to "agree on a new global development strategy with pillars for economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection."