The Senegalese diaspora has always been crucial for the development of the country.
In 2015, according to the Central Bank of West African States (BCAO), remittances from the Senegalese diaspora accounted for 12% of the national GDP, of which 60% derives from migrants in Europe, and that figure is going to increase.
Senegalese leaders are well aware that skills and know-how developed by migrants in their destination countries are an important factor to boost the socio-economic development of their country of origin.
All these elements combined have encouraged the Senegalese leaders to strengthen the bond between diaspora and development targets of the country, by promoting investment and supporting initiatives, while ensuring the protection and respect of human rights.
To support local development and the territorialisation of migration policies in Senegal, COOPI has, since 2018, co-implemented a significant development project, "Vivre et réussir chez moi".
As part of this initiative, COOPI has launched a development call for the Senegalese diaspora in Italy, in order to fund at least 10 migrant enterprises that have a real impact on the socio-economic development of the regions of Kaolack and Tambacounda involved in the project.