Improving Girls’ Education (IGE) Project – Senegal

Project Period

February 2019 - February 2021

Existing statistics indicate that slightly more than a third of the rapidly growing sub-Saharan region’s population is between the age of 10 and 19. It therefore follows that substantial investment in their education and wellbeing need to be done in order to tap into the demographic dividend and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unfortunately, the population in this region have poor education and sexual reproductive health and rights outcomes. In West Africa, Senegal has the lowest girls’ enrollment rates, transition, and poor sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) knowledge among girls and young women. However for targeted interventions and better decision-making in terms of girls’ education and SRHR, there is need to build evidence on these two outcomes. It is against this backdrop that the Improving Girls’ Education (IGE) project will be implemented in Senegal. The IGE project is two-phased, involving the following components:

  • A comprehensive scoping review will be undertaken in phase 1 to a) establish the status of education and the implications of SRHR for adolescent girls’ education in West Africa; b) an analysis of the policy environment; and, c) characterizing the landscape of policy actors and organizations that have worked or are working in the Senegal girls’ education space. In addition, we will engage policy and program actors with the evidence synthesized from the scoping review to engender policy formulation, refinement and/or better implementation. The expectation is that with this evidence, policymakers will be in a better position to access, synthesize, adapt and utilize available research evidence for informed decision-making
  • The second phase will be an exploratory study that will involve in-depth interviews with select program implementers and program staff of the interventions covered in the scoping review in phase 1; select ministries; educators; SRHR practitioners; and adolescent girls and boys who were beneficiaries of the selected programs.


Start date: February 01, 2019

End Date: February 01, 2021

PARTNER INSTITUTION: Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

PROJECT FUNDER: Echidna Giving