Consortium pour la recherche économique et sociale (CRES)

Image Credit: 
Ray Witlin - World Bank
Dakar, Senegal
Date Established: 
Food & Agriculture
Social Policy
Think Tank Website: 
Abdoulaye Diagne
Executive Director
CRES wants to be recognized as a centre of excellence, especially with regard to training, analysis, and advising decision-makers and civil society regarding public policy. It hopes to be part of the think tanks that have made the greatest progress in the Philadelphia University rankings.

The Consortium pour la recherche économique et sociale (CRES) was created in 2004 at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop by a multidisciplinary group of researcher-teachers. Its mission includes building research and analysis capacity in economics and the social sciences, as well as informing decision-making on social and economic questions.

CRES’ research priorities include the analysis of poverty, growth, and equality issues, local development, regional integration and globalization issues, economy of information (information and communication technologies) and economy of human resources (education, health, and population). CRES’ researchers have a long history of working closely with the Ministère de l"éducation chargé de l’enseignement primaire and the Ministère de l"économie et des finances. Their past contributions to the Education Development Program of Senegal and their subsequent ongoing involvement in the monitoring and evaluation process of this program have become a reference for policymakers. The Consortium also continues to assist the Ministère de l"économie et des finances in updating the Poverty Reduction Strategies Framework.

CRES’ research outputs are disseminated using peer-reviewed publications, a working paper series, and the CRES Information Bulletin.

Research Areas: 
tobacco control
urbanization of shanty towns
local development
social protection