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Niger

HI implements a range of projects in Niger to promote the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities and assist vulnerable people including refugees, asylum seekers and communities in disaster-affected areas.

Woman provided with a wheelchair by HI

Actions in process

HI currently provides support to vulnerable people in Niger and people with disabilities affected by humanitarian response in Diffa, Maradi. It implements actions centrally to promote inclusion through clusters and working groups.

HI also assists urban refugees and asylum seekers in Niamey. At the end of 2019, HI launched a project to strengthen the resilience and social cohesion of vulnerable people in cross-border regions through community-based projects.

In 2021, HI launched two projects to help protect people living in conflict-affected areas. HI’s inclusive education project helps children with disabilities access and stay in primary education. HI has also partnered with the Niger Federation for People with Disabilities to implement a project that advances the social and legal inclusion of women and children with disabilities in Niger.

 
 

Situation of the country

Niger is a Sahelian country. Although it has a high growth rate, a large section of the population lives in poverty. As half of the country’s population is under 15, education is a top priority.

Niger is a relatively stable country that enjoys good relations with its neighbours and is a member of numerous regional organisations. The country has helped resolve multiple crises and provides shelter to a large number of refugees and asylum seekers. However, as a result of growing regional insecurity, Niger has experienced an upsurge in terrorist attacks.

People with disabilities in Niger experience a high level of discrimination and social and economic inequality. Negative perceptions and attitudes perpetuated by the families of people with disabilities and the community at large remain the most serious obstacle to the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

 
Map of HI's interventions in Niger
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