Greater Dakar Urban Development Strategy



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Participation The participatory approach reinforced by many community forums was a great success. Many stakeholders including elected officials, neighborhood leaders, representatives of youth associations, women, disabled, elders, religious leaders, development partners, teachers, students, nurses, lawyers, cultural actors, etc. participated in these forums. These forums served as a platform for a fertile dialogue on the aspirations and the needs of population. It was possible to work towards a common vision and strategic actions through participation of various stakeholders in working groups. The establishment of monitoring committees in the community led to ownership of the project by the local actors. Political Support The commitment of the Regional Council of Dakar to support the project in its phase of implementation is a welcome step. The Regional council requested a co-piloting of CDS project and is ready to host the project on its premises. Project Communication and Awareness A wide coverage and publicity of all the workshops and forums in various media including radio, TV and the print media, led to awareness about different activities of CDS to the beneficiaries and even beyond. Institutional set up The setting up of monitoring committees at metropolitan level, as well as municipality/community levels, led to the ownership of the project by the local actors during the development phase. The committees will continue to operate during the implementation/investment phase. The committee at the metropolitan level will be under the tutorship of the city of Dakar.


Urban growth and high population density present significant challenges to Senegal’s capital city Dakar and its neighbouring cities, Guédiawaye, Rufisque, Pikine, Bargny, Diamniadio and Sébikotane. Poverty, unemployment, housing, infrastructure provision, and the environment are among the growing concerns. The cities have teamed up to design and implementation of a pro-poor and sustainable metropolitan strategy for Greater Dakar. In addition to the long-term strategy, medium and short term action plans, the project would develop the institutional arrangement for inter-municipal activities.
1) Identify the major challenges and needs of Greater Dakar, and, through participatory processes and in concert with the national government, develop a common vision for its future; 2) Design and implement a pro-poor long-term metropolitan strategy.
Develop, through a participatory process, a CDS for metropolitan Dakar, to include: 1) Diagnosis of emerging urban issues; and production of a “Geo-Dakar” report, drawing on UNEP’s Geo-Cities methodology and the Local Agenda 21 programme; 2) Definition of a 10-year action plan, with specified priority projects and programmes to meet the MDGs;  3) Formalisation of institutional arrangements for inter-communal activities;  4) Development of short and medium-term action-plans, including financial strategies for implementation;  5) Training of local stakeholders.
Expected Impacts and Results
The participation of the population through their local leaders was effective and committees for the follow up of the CDS were set up in all local territories (cities and the municipalities).