Malick Gaye said that it was time to pray for the world during the Ramadan. He thanked everybody, and especially Davinder, for this initiative. In his opinion, solidarity will be essential as well as regional coordination. On the other hand, we must think that environmental and ecological degradation are behind the crisis, hence the need to approach more sustainable models. In Senegal, the confinement is affecting the local population, in particular the most vulnerable sectors.
Although Africa is the least affected region, early precaution measures were taken in Senegal as barriers against the transmission of the virus. Above all, the partial confinement of population such as curfews at night and a state of emergency during the day by prohibiting inter-urban travel.
There are unfortunate consequences of these measures on the population and in particular on the large number of people who are economically, socially and environmentally vulnerable. This is affecting their income-generating economic activities, mainly in the informal sector, exacerbating their critical situation and their vulnerability. As for housing for tenants, this is something that the Government of Senegal has not taken into account, as the government has focused its efforts to assist the survival of vulnerable populations on access to food, energy, water and the health care sectors. In view of the emergency situation that will last 2 weeks at least, ENDA RUP is beginning to reflect on the post-pandemic in terms of sustainable development and in particular on the issue of food support, aiming at food self-sufficiency and land use planning. This would help officials and citizens understand the value of natural resources and the environment.
As the origin of the virus is also linked to the dominant economic development model and the market economy favouring multinational companies and enterprises, there are also proposals to change this trend in favour of regional integration such as the African Union and ECOWAS sub-regional integration, targeting West Africa. This would be done in coordination with other African sub-regions.
ENDA-RUP shared a first Declaration including with HIC, WUC-UNhabitat who requested it, as well as posters and barrier messages against Covid19 and we are currently revising the orientations of our programmes with the financial partners who support our actions in view of the COVID 19 situation.