Senegal has long been considered among the most robust and stable democracies in West Africa, however, there were bouts of violence in the run-up to the February 2012 presidential election.
Civilian responders from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Justice deployed to Senegal in early 2012 to help U.S. Embassy Dakar analyze and report on local dynamics before, during, and after the presidential elections.
Several teams made up of CSO and U.S. Embassy Dakar personnel conducted interviews in different regions as part of an interagency assessment to better understand local dynamics in advance of elections scheduled for late February. On election day, the teams fanned out across the country to observe the voting while some civilian responders staffed the Embassy’s Election Command Center. Together, they were able to report on, synthesize, and analyze the data from the field teams to help shape the U.S. government’s response.
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