Young Africa Works

Young Africa Works in Senegal focuses on growth in small businesses, productivity improvements in the agriculture sector, and enhancing education and training. 

Our Goal: Over the next ten years, support three million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work.

Context: Senegal’s policy and strategy environment are conducive for economic and social development, and it has a thriving business sector. It also has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, with high levels of innovation within the digital economy.  Nearly 35 percent of the population is between 15 and 35 years of age, and youth unemployment is at 13 percent. 

Our Approach: Building on the government’s Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PSE) which outlines the vision for the country until 2035the Foundation has made an initial USD 200 million, five-year commitment focusing on growth in small businesses, productivity improvements in the agriculture value chain, and improvements in education and training. 

Priority Sectors: Agriculture and MSMEs.



Our Work in Senegal

Our Current Partners in Senegal

The Foundation works with more than 100 partners in countries across Africa and in Canada. Together, we have improved the lives of more than 25 million people and their families. Learn more about our partnerships in Senegal.

Fund for Rural Prosperity

Rural people need financial services that allow them to develop better ways of managing wealth, earn an income and reduce their vulnerability of falling into poverty traps. This Fund sets out to provide better access to appropriate savings, credit and insurance products and services.

A Case Study: Microcred Senegal (MCSN)

Microcred Senegal (MCSN) has embedded client centricity into the core of its business model, developing innovative products and services that better meet the needs of peri-urban and rural customers.

News and Announcements

Angélique Kidjo’s Batonga Foundation Expands its Programs to Senegal to Reach More Adolescent Girls and Young Women

The Batonga Foundation is expanding its programs for adolescent girls and young women to Senegal, beginning with the rural communities of Kolda and Sedhiou.

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Mastercard Foundation to Enable Three Million Youth to Access Employment Opportunities in Senegal

Young Africa Works in Senegal is  an initiative that aims to enable three million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030. 

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Ahmed Diouf: Thanks to APTE, I am an entrepreneur.

Ahmed took part in the APTE program, which triggered his enterprising spirit and improved his business and personal skills.

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Astou Dia Touré: Everyone fits in

Astou spontaneously took the initiative to participate in  the training, through which she discovered her passion for Personal Development.

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Ndeye Aminata Diène: The APTE program offered me a second chance

After graduating, Ndeye Aminata found it difficult to find a job. Hearing about the “Second Chance Project” instantly struck her interest.

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Ousmane NGOM, a model of young entrepreneur

Seventeen years old, Ousmane is already an entrepreneur who skillfully manages his poultry and goat farming business.

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