The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a second phase of its successful Parliamentary assistance project devoted to public access to budget information at a ceremony co-chaired by Senegal’s Budget Minister Birima Mangara and USAID/Senegal Mission Director Lisa Franchett on January 28 in Dakar.
The Live, Learn and Play project, a private-public partnership between USAID and the National Basketball Association (NBA) to promote youth development and leadership in Senegal through sports, kicked off its third season last weekend by organizing a basketball tournament at and reaching out to the private sector for support of the initiative.
The U.S. government inaugurated a new Regional Leadership Center (RLC) that will train thousands of West African young people aged 18 to 35 in entrepreneurship, pubic management, and civic engagement over the next four years. The center is one of four on the continent developed as part of President Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI).
On December 3, Lisa Franchett was sworn in as the new Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Senegal. The ceremony, the first ever for the Senegal mission to be held in Dakar, was presided over by U.S. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt. The outgoing Mission Director Susan Fine, who will continue her work with USAID as a senior advisor based in Washington, DC, as well as Franchett’s family and the staff also graced the occasion. Ms. Franchett will lead both the Senegal bilateral mission and the Sahel Regional Office, which works to build resilience in Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.
On September 15, the United States through the U.S. Agency for Development (USAID) and the Government of Senegal signed extensions of their current assistance agreements on various areas of intervention supported by USAID, estimated at $466 million (233 billion francs CFA), through the year 2020.
Last updated: February 02, 2016