Senegal is a stronghold country in West Africa. The KOICA Senegal office is in charge of Grant projects not only to Senegal but also five neighboring countries which are Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Cape Verde.
In 1996, the first group of volunteers was dispatched to Senegal. In 2008, the KOICA Senegal office was officially set up and since then has been carrying out various projects in the domain of agriculture, education, health etc. KOICA also conducts capacity building programs and public-private partnership projects. As Senegal was selected as one the Korean government's key ODA partners in 2016, the cooperation between two countries has been continuously growing up.
1996/ initially dispatched 5 volunteers
Oct. 2005/ operation of Senegal office by a coordinator
Feb.2008/ assignment of director Sangcheol KIM Open the KOICA office in the Korean Embassy
Aug.2010/ assignment of director Kyungmoo JUN
Aug.2013/ assignment of director Kijeong SONG
Jan.2016/ selection of the ODA key partner of Senegal
Aug.2016/ assignment of director Eunju CHA
Aug.2019/ assignment of director Namsoon LEE
Welcome to KOICA Senegal Office.
KOICA, Korea International Cooperation Agency was founded in 1991. In the same year, the agency launched its first agricultural project in Senegal. Since then, KOICA has built a close amicable relationship with Senegal. The KOICA Office in Senegal was established to strengthen this bond of friendship between the two countries.
Senegal gained independence from France in 1960 and now exerts a significant influence in West Africa. Its nickname “TERANGA” means hospitality, reflecting the nature of Senegalese people. Geographically, Senegal completely encloses the Gambia, which makes Senegal's shape of land look like a lion's head.
Senegal is pursuing the Emerging Plan Senegal (2014-2023), which aims to take a leap to a mid-level economy by 2035, based on peaceful democracy and political stability. As the Government of Korea selected Senegal as one of Priority ODA Partners in 2016 and developed Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2016-2020 to support Senegal’s economic and social development in three sectors: agriculture, health and education.
In 2019, based on the CPS and Senegal’s priorities, KOICA established Country Plan (CP), KOICA’s top strategy to support the partner country. KOICA’s Senegal Plan includes four different programs: establishing sustainable value chain in agriculture; strengthening health system for providing better maternal and infantile health service; supporting vocational and technical education for the development of the talented youth and the creating of the decent jobs; and establishing administration system for good governance.
Furthermore World Friends Korea (WFK) volunteers are dispatched throughout Senegal to serve the people of Senegal and to make positive changes in the Senegalese community.
Our office also covers Senegal’s five neighboring countries (Mali, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde) and supports their economic and social development. Under the Strategy for Supporting Fragile and Conflicting States, KOICA implements and supports the projects for the improvement in schools and toilets in Mali, the projects for enhancing the legal system and the TVET system in the Gambia and the project for strengthening the capacity for border management in Guinea,
KOICA Senegal Office would implement the development projects of Korea for Senegal and its neighbors with the fruitful results and also do the utmost efforts to contribute to the development and improvement in their economy and society.
Director of KOICA Senegal office Namsoon LEE
In 2008, KOICA opened her regional office in Abuja, covering Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The office implements variousprojects in Governance, Education, Vocation, Agriculture, Human Resources, and emergency response.