Improving food security
Promoting youth education and employment
Supporting territorial economic development
Strengthening the health system
Strengthening governance and modernizing the state
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 around 4% per year: one of the highest rates in the world.
As the least advanced country worldwide in terms of human development, with the highest population growth (3.8% per year), it is essential that Niger ramps 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 integrate 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 62 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.