We’re working with 15 communities in Senegal to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • Climate change is the most prioritised threat
  • Coordination between government and communities at the local level for risk reduction plans and activities is missing
  • There is a need to upgrade/modernise development processes and make them more risk-informed

Surveys undertaken in Senegal

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Senegal were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 1,387 random households, 183 civil society organisations, 150 local government representatives, and undertook 130 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised three risk areas:

  • St Louis
  • Dakar/Matam
  • Ziguinchor/Sedhiou

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Dodel, Fanaye, Namarel, Ndioum, Taredji, Arafat, Thiaroye, Guet Ndar, Bokki, Djevol, Ziguinchor, Diogué, Carabane, Sedhiou and Zone Forets. 

“Climate change has been a major cause of disasters in Senegal for the past two decades. So many areas where rainfall was rare in the past have began to witness heavy rainfall yearly, leading to building destruction, economic losses and food insecurity.”

NAC representative, Senegal

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Brought community members together and organised discussions with local authorities in order to increase collaboration
  • Delivered radio broadcasts to increase community awareness of budget allocations for risk reduction
  • Developed a community mobilisation plan to address the issue of resources for dealing with disasters and climate change
  • Held village talks to involve young people in the assessment of risks and threats
  • Held an advocacy workshop with the local authority on access to resources to reduce risks and threats due to climate change and disasters

Impact of activities

  • Communities understood disaster prevention and management measures and the government budget allocated for the reduction of risks and threats
  • The community mobilisation plan is developed and understood by the members of the community
  • The capacity of leaders and community members to manage disaster risks in their communities and advocate to the local authorities has been increased

Our project partners in Senegal

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Mission Shalom International

Partner organisations

  • Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environment
  • Mission Shalom International
  • Cooperative Rural des Agropasteurs pour le Development

View all data from Senegal

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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Photo credit

Image by Srijan Nandan/GNDR.