Considered the poorest country in the world by the Global Development Index, Niger has been facing a new big challenge these years: the wave of refugees from Northern Nigeria, who are escaping violence in their home country, has added pressure to an already fragile social service system. 

To counter this, Alliance2015 members ACTED, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide have jointly carried out a project to enhance resilience and improve quality of life for vulnerable communities in Diffa region. 

The project lasted more than 2 years, from 2019 to 2022, during which we reached 37.688 people through an integral approach, working directly to the root cause of the challenges, as well as with multi-sectoral approach, responding to urgent needs, while reinforcing development abilities.  

Bettering the infrastructures and services offered to vulnerable households and improving resilience of those affected by food insecurity. 

Throughout the project, we could build 2100 communal and private latrines, making 97% of women and girls feel safer to use the sanitization stations. We placed 25 clean water fountains, and thus achieved that 92% of beneficiaries had access to drinkable water at less than 500 meters of their home. 

We built, repaired and upgraded 12 classrooms, 7 hygiene centers, 7 markets and distributed 2453 school kits. We also distributed seeds and fertilizers to 4000 farmers and started 12 Women Group for Nutrition; we have as well repaired 385 hectares of land and distributed 4183 goats and food for livestock. 97% of the households reached reported applying at least one modern agricultural technique to make their means of production sustainable.  

Strengthen the capacity of local authorities in a decentralized government.  

We have organized more than 30 meetings between local actors and civil society actors. Plus, 85 people were trained in communal administration and 57 were trained in local finances. We also distributed 18 IT kits to collective centers. As a result, 85% of the local authorities’ actors demonstrated a higher level of collaboration between partners when it came to carrying out joint activities. 

Reinforce the development of the local economy by creating job opportunities at a local level.  

300 people have been supported through income-generating activities, and 95% of them claim their revenue had increased by the end of the project. We built 5 Agricultural Innovation Research and Formation, and 89% of those who benefited from the professional training were active in the job market after the project finished. 

credits: Welthungerhilfe

Promote peace and cohesion between all communities of the Diffa region. 

We established 10 community radio stations and broadcasted 7 adverts promoting social cohesion and 2448 adverts about malnutrition and Covid-19 prevention. We supported 6 Peace Committees and trained 35 mediators. After the project, 79% of the target population reported having a reinforced knowledge about conflict resolution.  

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