Roughly 40 percent of Senegal's rural population lives in poverty, with close to 25 percent of children under five suffering from malnutrition. WBD evaluated cash flow management practices, maintenance planning, and capital investments to help the Government of Senegal combat this issue.


Senegal can expand access to affordable electricity in the following ways:

  • Management of Sector Finances: Through careful sector analysis and organizational restructuring, the Senegalese government can improve its ability to address pressing maintenance needs and make impactful investments in infrastructure. Clarifying intra-government cash flows and streamlining the internal decision-making process for financial planning will aid this process significantly.
  • Rural Electrification: Senegal should implement a centralized, country-wide investment program to develop generation and transmission infrastructure in rural areas. The Senegalese government should work towards improving cooperation among the diverse and geographically diffuse stakeholders whose participation will be necessary to carry out this effort.
  • Hedging: Until the exploitation of domestic energy resources becomes viable, Senegal’s government can gather necessary data to implement a hedging strategy to reduce its economy’s exposure to global shocks in petroleum prices.