Preventing conflicts and supporting the rule of law
Improving access to education and healthcare
Increasing access to water and energy
Taking action on food security and promoting rural development
Situated in the heart of the Sahel, Niger is a vast, landlocked desert country, covering over a million square kilometers. Its population of 20 million is growing at 3.7% per year: one of the highest rates in the world.
As one of the least advanced countries in the world in terms of human development, it is essential that Niger ramp up its development strategy, amid the complex security crisis in the Sahel (Tillabéri and Diffa) and the effects of climate change. The country is facing many challenges: it must provide its people with access to essential services and prepare its youth to enter the job market.
Nonetheless, Niger boasts a number of assets, with its enduring sense of national unity, abundant natural resources and high potential in the agricultural sector, as well as an international community ready to rally in support.
AFD has been a key partner in Niger for 65 years. It has made access to basic services a top priority: water, energy, health care, education and employment, to ensure a brighter future for young Nigeriens, while at the same time working to improve food security, strengthen governance and modernize the State.
AFD's Niger office is directly attached to the Greater Sahel regional office in Ouagadougou.