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About 16 million people live in the Republic of Niger. It is the largest nation in West Africa, although over 80 percent of its land area is covered by the Sahara desert. The capital city is Niamey. The official language is French. Over 80% of the population is Muslim.
Since their independence in 1960, Nigeriens have lived under five constitutions and three military juntas. Niger is now a democratic, multi-party state, although as recently as 2010 a military coup was needed to depose a president who refused to leave at the end of his term. Read more...
Economy: Niger consistently ranks at the very bottom of the Human Development Index (186th of 187 countries), with a 2012 per capita GDP of only $422. Niger suffers from periodic droughts, desertification, high population growth, poor education and health care, poverty, lack of infrastructure, and environmental degradation. A drought and locust infestation in 2005 led to food shortages for as many as 2.5 million Nigeriens. The economy of Niger centres on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world's largest uranium deposits, although demand for uranium has dropped worldwide. Nearly half of the government's budget is derived from foreign donor resources.
Health: Niger has the worlds’ highest infant and child mortality rate, but also the worlds’ highest fertility rate (7.5 births on average per woman). Nearly half of the Nigerien population is under 15. Life expectancy at birth is 55 years.
Education: The literacy rate of Niger is very low; in 2005 it was estimated to be 43% for males and 15% for females. Only primary education in Niger is compulsory, and enrolment and attendance rates are low. For example, attendance in 2003 was about 35% for males and 25% for females. Children are often forced to work rather than attend school, particularly during planting or harvest periods. In addition, nomadic children in the north of the country often do not have access to schools at all.
Projects in Niger
Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Betere doorstroom na basisonderwijs voor kinderen in 22 dorpen, 2017-2019
Our apologies, the text for this project has not yet been translated into English ... more

Both ENDS
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, 2017
Our apologies, the text for this project has not yet been translated into English ... more

Concern Worldwide
Education programme, Tahoua district, 2015-2017
Concern International is a humanitarian organisation with international offices in Ireland, Great Britain and the US and local teams... more

Stromme Foundation
Speed schools for 250 Adolescents, Dosso en Tillabéri, 2014-2016
The Stromme Foundation is an international development organisation focused on microfinance and education. They... more

Both ENDS
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, 2015-2016
BothEnds and CRESA have been working together since 2010 to encourage farmers to grow trees and plants on their land.... more

Oxfam Novib
Vocational training for supervisors after-school activities, Tillaberi, 2012-2013
Oxfam Novib is an international organization that has made Niger one of their focus countries,... more

Aide et Action International
Educational Governance, Doutchi and Filingué, 2010-2012
In the Niger departments of Dogondoutchi and Filingué, French NGO Aide et Action is dedicating itself to the improvement of... more

Both ENDS
Regreening Initiative, Phase 2, 2012-2013
In 2010, Both Ends and CIS-VU (Centre for International Cooperation -VU University Amsterdam) started the Re-greening Initiative in Niger... more

Stromme Foundation
20 Speed schools for 500 children, Dosso region, 2011-2012
The Strømme Foundation and partner organisation RAEDD are setting up so-called 'speed schools in Niger. These schools... more

Both ENDS
Regreening Initiative, 2010-2011
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with three-quarters of its surface covered by desert and 85% of its population being entirely... more

See also: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, other countries...

Recent history of Niger
    For 14 years after Niger gained full independence from France in 1960, it was run by a single-party civilian regime under President Diori. In 1974, a combination of devastating drought and accusations of rampant corruption resulted in a military coup by Colonel Kountché, who ruled until his sudden death in 1987. A few years later, his successor Colonel Saibou had to give in to demands for a multi-party democratic system. New political parties and civic associations sprang up, and several free, fair, and non-violent nationwide elections were held. A free press flourished.
    Unfortunately, a parliamentary stalemate in 1995 allowed Colonel Ibrahim Baré to seize power. Baré organized fake presidential elections and had himself declared winner, hoping to convince the international community to restore multilateral economic assistance. When this failed, Baré turned to Libya for financial aid (despite an international embargo against Libya). He dropped all democratic pretences; opposition leaders were imprisoned, journalists arrested, and deported, independent media offices looted and burned.
    In 1999, Baré was killed in a military coup. The military arranged free elections that same year, which were won fairly by Mamadou Tandja. President Tandja was re-elected in 2004. However, in 2009 President Tandja tried to manipulate the constitution so he could stay on for a third term. The military deposed him by yet another coup, put him in prison, and arranged for new free and fair elections in 2011. These were won by Mahamadou Issoufou of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism.


Project details

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara Betere doorstroom na basisonderwijs voor kinderen in 22 dorpen, Niger, 2017-2019
The following text will be translated into English as soon as possible:
In het geïsoleerde noorden van Niger werkt RAIN, een kleine Amerikaanse organisatie met twee Nigerijnse kantoren, al 15 jaar met de lokale bevolking aan een betere toekomt. Een belangrijk programma is onderwijs, met name gericht op meisjes. Via een mentorprogramma koppelt RAIN kwetsbare kinderen aan vrouwen die hen helpen op school te blijven. De vrouwelijke mentors worden in ruil voor hun begeleiding ondersteund om hun sociaaleconomische positie te verbeteren via spaar- en leengroep en verbeterde vee(geiten)houderij. Met deze extra inkomsten kan de onderwijsmentorgroep na vier jaar zelfstandig blijven bestaan.

Turing draagt € 60.000 bij aan dit initiatief, waarvan € 20.000 in 2017. see also: Other teacher training projects
Betere doorstroom na basisonderwijs voor kinderen in 22 dorpen, Niger
Betere doorstroom na basisonderwijs voor kinderen in 22 dorpen, Niger


Both ENDSCRESA Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger, 2017
The following text will be translated into English as soon as possible:
Both Ends en CRESA werken samen aan het stimuleren van boeren om op hun eigen land bomen en planten te laten groeien.

De Turing Foundation droeg sinds 2010 al € 268,000 bij aan dit project. Als overbrugging tot de vervolgfinanciering die Both Ends aan het realiseren is, draagt de Turing Foundation in 2017 nog tot € 35,000 bij aan dit project. see also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger


Concern Worldwide Education programme, Tahoua district, Niger, 2015-2017
Concern International is a humanitarian organisation with international offices in Ireland, Great Britain and the US and local teams in the twenty-five countries where it operates. Concern has been working in Niger since 2003. Concern is shifting its focus in Niger from building classrooms and facilities to improving teaching quality. Teaching materials are developed and teachers receive training to improve their teaching e.g. using video technology and mother tongue based education during the first school years. Concern encourages increased community and government involvement by setting up school management committees and by giving education inspectors guidance when carrying out their work. Together with schools, teachers and parents they formulate rules of conduct, in order to achieve a safe and egalitarian school environment.

The Turing Foundation is contributing a total of €150,000 (of which €50,000 in 2017). Furthermore, this contribution has been matched by another donor, doubling the amount. see also: Other teacher training projects
Education programme in the district of Tahoua, Niger
Education programme in the district of Tahoua, Niger


Stromme Foundation Speed schools for 250 Adolescents, Dosso en Tillabéri, Niger, 2014-2016
The Stromme Foundation is an international development organisation focused on microfinance and education. They operate in 12 countries across the world, including Niger, where - together with the local organisations ONEN and ATPF - they are setting up 10 Speed Schools (type 2) in Dosso and Tillabéri. These schools offer 13 and 14 year-old children, who have not had any schooling and are too old for primary education, the opportunity to have a secondary education. Six years of primary education are taught in two years of intensive schooling in small classes, after which the children are able to move on to secondary education.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 115,000 towards the establishment of 10 speed schools for 250 children, of which € 23,000 in 2016. see also: Stromme Foundation: other projects
Speed schools, Dosso region, Niger
Speed schools, Dosso region, Niger


Both ENDSCRESA Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger, 2015-2016
BothEnds and CRESA have been working together since 2010 to encourage farmers to grow trees and plants on their land. 'Farmer Managed Natural Regreening' is a cost effective method, and the initiative has resulted in the regeneration of 621,000 hectares of land. Work in Dogonkiria and Soucoucoutane will be intensified over the next years, which will result in the re-greening of another 500 hectares. In addition, the local capacity is strengthened so that local support can be further increased independently, training can be provided on management and developments monitored and assessed.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €80,000 in 2015, which is more than half of the total budget. The Turing Foundation has already supported Phase I of the project with €118,000 and Phase II with €70,000. see also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger


Oxfam NovibMouvement des Compagnons Educateurs Vocational training for supervisors after-school activities, Tillaberi, Niger, 2012-2013
Oxfam Novib is an international organization that has made Niger one of their focus countries, because it's receiving relatively little developing aid. With the help of local partner MCE, Oxfam Novib wants to improve the quality of education in the Tillaberi region. Part of the program involves training youths who haven't been able to finish their education for whatever reason to become supervisors at after-school activities. The training offers them a chance for a better future, and school children get the chance to learn skills in the field of agriculture and cattle breeding, which will prepare them for their lives after school. MCE wants to expand this successful concept to other parts of Niger.

In 2012 and 2013, the Turing Foundation will donate a total of € 50,000 (€ 25.000 in 2013) for the vocational training for 160 supervisors, and towards making the after-school activities at ten schools financially independent. see also:
      Other building projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects
Children at school in Tillaberi, Niger, 2012
Children at school in Tillaberi, Niger, 2012


Aide et Action International Educational Governance, Doutchi and Filingué, Niger, 2010-2012
In the Niger departments of Dogondoutchi and Filingué, French NGO Aide et Action is dedicating itself to the improvement of the quality of education in seventeen rural areas. The past ten years the focus has been on infrastructural improvements, educational tools and teacher training. By now, pass rates of schools involved exceed the national average by over 10 per cent. With a new, three-year project, the NGO wants to realize second-chance education for children between the ages of eight and fourteen, increase the number of girls at elementary schools, and establish an increase in community involvement concerning school management.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 150,000 to these activities (€ 50.000 in 2012). see also: Aide et Action International: other projects
Classroom in Filingué, Niger
Classroom in Filingué, Niger


Both ENDSCRESAVU-CIS Regreening Initiative, Phase 2, Niger, 2012-2013
In 2010, Both Ends and CIS-VU (Centre for International Cooperation -VU University Amsterdam) started the Re-greening Initiative in Niger with the help of local NGO CRESA. It involves the natural regeneration of 80,000 hectares of land, aimed at recovering nature and improving the living conditions of the local people. Phase 1 of the project saw the realization of field activities and trainings regarding re-greening in 46 villages, the installation of 38 village committees, and the start of a lobby to raise support for re-greening. Phase 2 will be focused on intensifying the project, expanding the re-greening approach to surrounding villages and regions, and strengthening the lobby for widespread re-greening support within the Nigerian government.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation will be donating € 70,000 to the second phase of the project. For the first phase, the initiators previously received € 118,000. see also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      VU-CIS: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Regreening Initiative, Niger
Regreening Initiative, Niger


Stromme FoundationRAEDD 20 Speed schools for 500 children, Dosso region, Niger, 2011-2012
The Strømme Foundation and partner organisation RAEDD are setting up so-called 'speed schools in Niger. These schools offer children in the ages of 9-12 who haven't had any previous education a chance to join elementary education yet. The speed schools offer the first three years of elementary school in a nine-month period of intensive education for classes with a maximum of 25 children. After the nine-month course, children can take up regular elementary education.

In 2011-2012, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 69,000 to the establishment of 20 speed schools, of which € 27.000 in 2012.. see also: Stromme Foundation: other projects
Speed schools, Dosso region, Niger
Speed schools, Dosso region, Niger


Both ENDSCRESAVU-CIS Regreening Initiative, Niger, 2010-2011
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with three-quarters of its surface covered by desert and 85% of its population being entirely dependent on agriculture. Both Ends and the VU Centre for International Cooperation, in association with local organisation CRESA, want to help start the natural regeneration of 80 hectares of land by creating a 'green zone', and by doing so recover nature and improve local living standards. A total of 1,200 farmers and 60 technicians will be trained in afforestation and forest restoration, and 40 village committees will be supplied with necessary materials.

The Turing Foundation will donate a total amount of € 118,000 to the project (€ 45.000 in 2011) that will run until the end of this year. see also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      VU-CIS: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Regreening Initiative, Niger
Regreening Initiative, Niger