Promoting education and employment among young people
facilitating access to water and sanitation
Overcoming the electricity shortage
Strengthening the health system
Supporting rural development
Backing the private sector
Supporting good governance
Located at the heart of the Sahel region, Niger is a vast landlocked desert territory extending over more than a million square kilometers. With a population of 20 million inhabitants, its demographic growth is one of the highest in the world, at around 4% per year.
This seriously hampers Niger's economic prospects: it is one of the poorest countries on the planet. In 2016, it was ranked second from last among UN Member States in the UNDP's human development index. For Niger's population, access to adequate drinking water, electricity and care is a daily concern.
The country faces many challenges: it must ensure that its population has access to essential services and give its young people the keys to integration in the labor market. It is also confronted by chronic food insecurity, the unstable security situation in the Sahel and climate hazards that undermine its economy.
AFD has been an essential partner of Niger for sixty years. It prioritizes basic services: water, energy, health and education-employment, to provide a future for young people in Niger. It is also helping to establish a model of sustainable development.