Senegal’s government committed to building a better future for its population

Senegal’s urban population is growing at a rapid rate, therefore creating an exponential need for new and affordable housing.

The country’s urban population will rise from 42.5 per cent in 2011 to 61.4 per cent in 2050. Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, is increasing by 130,100 inhabitants annually. It is expected to grow from 3,035,000 inhabitants in 2011, up to 5,064,000 inhabitants in 2025. The government through the Plan Senegal Emergent has put in the place the following plans and strategies to solve these issues:

  • Increase access to housing, reduce the cost of rent, and improve the living environment and urban landscape.
  • Produce domestic construction materials in order: to decrease the cost of building ( windows, tiling and bathroom appliances)
  • Promote the start-up of national construction companies, who can offer their services in the sub-region
  • Encourage energy efficiency in housing projects
  • The legal and regulatory framework will be redesigned to better support real estate development including clearer definitions of tax incentives, facilitation of access to land for developers and flexible financing. In addition to this the government will step up the training of specialised workers and harmonise urban development plans.

Planned and ongoing projects include:

  • The building of 15,000 social housing units per year. Deficit of lodging is estimated at 300,000 housing units.
  • Encouraging the use of local building materials and creating national builders who are “Champions of Industry”.
  • The Senegalese government has adopted the “Green Cities for Employment”program to make cities more attractive and thereby developing their economic potential.
  • The Senegalese government has favoured the promotion of new urbans in Dakar and in the interior of the country in order to create new cities including: (Pole de Diamniadio, Lac, Rose, Daga Kholpa-AIBD-Kirene, Deni Birame Ndao, Bambilor and Yenne).