Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES) is the national partner in Senegal.
CRES is a research centre founded in 2004 by a group of teacher-researchers from various disciplines (Economics, Law, Quantitative Techniques, Sociology) from the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD).
The organisation’s objective is to promote research likely to equip political decision-makers, local authorities and civil society organizations in the formulation and implementation of social and economic development policies, both at a national and regional level.
CRES researchers have accumulated extensive experience in conducting research programs relating to trade liberalisation, regional integration, the rural sector, education, health, poverty, growth and equity, competition, the issue of water, biofuels, ICTs, the information and innovation economy, human rights and the rights of human resources. They are involved not only in the elaboration of development policies but also in the monitoring and evaluation of their implementation, in Senegal and in other African countries. At the institutional level, CRES is positioned as an advisory partner of the public administration, the private sector, civil society and regional and international institutions.
Research at CRES is organized into six departments based on areas of expertise, each leading several programs: Growth and equity, Economics of information and innovation, Globalisation, regional integration and local development, Rural sector and Economics of human resources.
In addition to research, CRES also provides training and capacity building for its researchers, doctoral students, students, support staff as well as external targets: Parliamentarians, local elected officials, central administration agents and local, civil society experts from UEMOA and ECOWAS.
CRES is increasingly developing and diversifying its partnerships with national institutions, regional and international institutions, research centres and universities, research networks and civil society organizations.