IEDRO African Program Manager, Martin Munkhondya, traveled to Senegal May 30 – June 5 (2010) to re-start the Senegal data rescue and digitization program. He observed the status of their efforts and explained new procedures, including inventorying, sorting, and boxing all the paper data. Additionally, Martin provided the National Meteorological Service with a new computer, digital cameras, and much needed training. Here are a few photos from the project site.
Ethnic groups: Wolof, Pular, Serer, Jola, Mandinka, Soninke, European and Lebanese, other
Language: French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka
Religion: Muslim, Christian (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs
Median age: 18.8 years
Life expectancy: 57.08 years
GDP per capita: $1,800/year
Industries: Agricultural and fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining, iron ore, zircon, and gold mining, construction materials, ship construction and repair
Refugees: 19,630 Mauritania
Economy: Senegal relies heavily upon outside donor assistance. Under the IMF's Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief program, Senegal has benefited from eradication of two-thirds of its bilateral, multilateral, and private-sector debt. In 2007, Senegal and the IMF agreed to a new, non-disbursing, Policy Support Initiative program.
Reference: CIA World Factbook: Senegal