Action-research for gender mainstreaming development in Senegal

Identifying the causes of discrimination in health and education

Location: Kaolack (Senegal)

Duration: 2017

Project Title: “Développement et application de la Méthodologie Budgétisation Sensible au Genre (BSG) axée sur le Bien-Etre”

Partnership and funding : The Centre for Public Policies Analysis (CAPP) of the University of Modena is the project leader. The project is part of the Projet d’Appui à la Stratégie nationale pour l’Equité et l’Egalité de Genre (PASNEEG), which is funded by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development.


In 1999 the European Commission adopted gender budgeting as the primary instrument for gender-oriented public policies (gender mainstreaming). The UN has defined gender mainstreaming as “the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes”. The ultimate goal is to reach a state of gender equality.

General objective

The general objective was to design a gender mainstreaming strategy for public policy creation in Senegal that featured gender budgeting in accordance with the human development approach.

What we did

ARCO led a qualitative research study in Kaolack. The research sought to identify various processes of inclusion and exclusion in the areas of health and education. Great attention was given to women’s unpaid housework and family care activities. The following activities were performed by our team:

  • Drawing up our basic methodology
  • Employing a participatory approach to data collection that identified the main causes of discrimination
  • Performing data analysis
  • Making policy recommendations