Institutional Support : Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CRES) Sénégal

The Consortium pour la recherche économique et sociale (CRES) is an association of a multidisciplinary team of researchers based in Dakar, Sénégal. Its activities are organized under five departments: growth, poverty and equity; local development, regional integration and globalization; human resources economics; the rural sector; and information economics. Since its creation in 2004, CRES has made an important contribution in terms of research and support to public decision-makers. CRES researchers have a long tradition of working closely with the ministries of education, and economy and finance. They have contributed to the design of the 10-year education development program (Programme décennal de l'éducation et de la formation - PDEF) and are now involved in monitoring and evaluating it. CRES is also helping the ministry of economy and finance update its poverty reduction strategy.

The Consortium, which has a number of ongoing IDRC-funded projects, is the most promising policy research organization in Sénégal today. Its research results are disseminated in peer-reviewed publications, a working paper series and the CRES bulletin. Nevertheless, CRES remains a young institution in need of support to reach its full potential. This grant from IDRC's Think Tank Initiative will allow CRES to carry out a strategic planning process and strengthen its governance structures, its management systems and its in-house research capacity. The idea is to improve research quality and enhance the institution's efforts to link research results to policy outcomes.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


48 months

IDRC Officer

Sanogo, Diakalia

Total funding

CA$ 1,486,160


Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Jean-Jacque BADJI

Project Leader

Professeur Abdoulaye Diagne


Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale

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