Policy Brief: The Religious Landscape of Senegal: An Overview

Author: Lauren Herzog

May 20, 2016

Religious communities and institutions have wide influence in Senegal, playing complex and dynamic roles in many sectors, notably education, agricultural production, and family health. There are, however, significant gaps in the recent dialogue and research about how religious communities shape the contemporary national development agenda. This publication is part of the Religion and Development: Country-Level Mapping project conducted jointly by WFDD and the Berkley Center, which aims to explore religious dynamics and the development activities of faith-inspired actors. The brief draws from the report Faith and Development in Focus: Senegal to provide an overview of Senegal’s religious communities, with a focus on the influence of religion in daily life, as well as the changing religious landscape. It highlights the contributions of faith-inspired development in various sectors. 

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