As part of MP’s partnership with the municipality of Rufisque Ouest (Senegal) MP’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Experts and local planning specialist met with the city hall agents to give a training on data collection of the city’s developed property. This training is part of MP’s mission to achieve sustainable development at local level and at municipality level in particular. The training is also part of the framework of Act 3 of decentralization of Senegal.
Act 3 of decentralization of Senegal is based on multiple principles including: Territorializing of public policies, contracting between the government and local authorities, the cooperation between local elected representatives and those of the government, the participation and inclusiveness of all actors (government, local communities, civil society, private sector).
The principles mentioned above are aiming at many goals including: Building territorial dynamics, further orienting the government’s policies towards social and territorial equity, promoting the sustainability of territorial resources, rehabilitating the essential deconcentrating of decentralization policies to ensure better territory development.
It is in the context of Act 3 of decentralization of Senegal, one of which major objectives is to improve the mechanisms for financing territorial development and budgetary governance for a real economic and social development of Senegal’s territories that Millennium Promise has collaborated with the municipality of Rufisque Est.
MP’s contribution to this collaboration consisted in operating the Rapid Infrastructure and Facility Assessment (RIFA), identifying the municipality’s needs and elaborating a development plan over a period of 5 years. The partnership originated from a need of the municipality of Rufisque Est to estimate the fiscal potential of its developed property and thus be able to mobilize its resources and reinvest it in its community’s development.
Given the advanced work that MP’s GIS experts and local planning specialist have done in the field of data collection through ICTs and GIS, the municipality of Rufisque Ouest also reached out to solicit MP’s assistance through the provision of technical support to its municipal agents.
The training is aiming at helping the municipality of Rufisque to inventory, characterize and georeference its developed property through ICTs, estimate its fiscal potential and thus facilitate the application of taxes on developed property by the General Directorate of Taxes and Domains. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to allow the municipality to improve its financial revenue by mobilizing its own resources.
This effort to help the municipality of Rusfisque Ouest in mobilizing its own resources involves a bilateral agreement between MP and the City Hall of Rufisque Ouest which took shape in the form of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which has been signed by both parts. It also involves an association between MP and the General Directorate of Taxes and Domains (DGID) which is in charge of collecting and applying taxes on developed property. In that context MP and DGID organized several meetings to go over, analyze, list, define and agree on the many variables needed for an efficient collection of the data on the community’s developed property and the exploitation of the latter a posteriori in order to facilitate the estimation of the fiscal potential of the municipality of Rufisque Ouest.
The projects carried out in collaboration with the municipalities of Rufisque Est and Ouest are experiments, they are the preliminary stage of a potential project that will be aiming at scaling up the data collection process of Senegal’s territories’ developed properties through ICTs and GIS based methods, at national scale.
In the perspective of this probable program, MP, DGID and the government of Senegal are working closely towards supporting local communities’ efforts to sustain themselves through mobilization of their own financial resources with a view to developing rural areas in a sustainable way.
The Mayor of the city of Rufisque, Mr. Daouda Niang and the General Secretary of the city, Mr. Sidy Mbaye were present at the session and expressed their contentment for being part of such a revolutionary and pioneering project. They also voiced their gratitude and support to MP for introducing this initiative which will ultimately be extremely beneficial to the citizens of their community and thus help their municipality reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
View footage of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKgPKZeHf98