This report forms part of the Independent Evaluation of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) undertaken by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) over the period from 2015 to 2024, commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This study is a pilot for the country case studies to be undertaken in the impact phase of the evaluation. The ARC was established to help African governments improve their capacities to plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters, through providing access to insurance, collaboration, and technical support, so as to protect the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable people.
Senegal was selected as the pilot as a result of drought in 2019 triggering ARC insurance payments to both the Government of Senegal and the Start Network. The objectives of the study are:
- to assess how far the provision of payments through ARC has contributed to reducing the loss of assets and livelihoods, and to protecting food security, for households in Senegal that are vulnerable as a result of rainfall deficit;
- to assess how far ARC has contributed to strengthening the capacity of the Government of Senegal (GoS) to manage weather-related shocks, and to improving the availability of finance;
- to identify lessons for ARC’s future operations; and
- to develop and test approaches for the future evaluation of ARC operations.