A person with disability in tricycle on the road
Amadou, from Niger, works as a salesman. He did not have the opportunity to go to school as other children, because of his disability; he had one leg amputated after poliomyelitis and another severe infection. He is now part of a rehabilitation programme, ProDIB, and can support his family through his earnings.

CBM's Niger Country Office works together with a network of six partner organisations to support the delivery of medical, educational, rehabilitative and socio-economic services to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the country.

Niger Country Background

When not properly addressed, disability can have a major impact on quality of life, social and economic viability, and overall levels of poverty within a society. In Niger, specifically, the challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families are daunting. An estimated 61% of Niger’s population lives in extreme poverty on less than a solar a day (World Bank, 2009). Persons with disabilities are over-represented in the most extreme poverty group, with women and children faring the worst.

Niger Country Office

Snapshot of Soumana Zamo, country coordinator for CBM Niger office ©CBM
Soumana Zamo
Location: Niamey
Country Representative: Soumana Zamo

The Country Coordination Office in Niger was opened in January 2011. Its main mission is to coordinate the activities implemented by the different partners of CBM; the office’s mission also includes capacity building for partners and other disability stakeholders on the rights of persons with disabilities with a view to achieve an improved inclusion of their needs in development and emergency programmes and policies.

The Country Coordination Office cooperates with local partners with whom CBM signed a partnership framework agreement and annual contracts for implementation of activities. They are:
  • NGO Karkara
  • The National Blind Union, Niger (UNAN)
  • NGO Inclusive Development Organization (ODI)
  • Niger’s Deaf Association (ASN)
  • The Ministry of Health (MOH) National Programme of Prevention of Blindness (PNLCC) through the Regional Directorate of Public Health.
The National Coordination Office has good relations with institutions and organisations such as: Niger’s umbrella DPO, the Ministry of Vocational Training and Literacy, the Ministry of Population and Promotion of Women and Child Protection, Cure International , Handicap International , Plan International , Oxfam , UNICEF , ICRC , World Vision etc.

CBM in Niger: Present perspectives and outlook for future

Our current priorities are:
  • Capacity building for partners;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented by partners;
  • Updating the country situation analysis;
  • Organising a baseline study within the framework of an inclusive community-based development programme.
Our future perspectives are:
  • Capacity building for partners in the area of Disability and Inclusive Development (D&ID);
  • Implementation of a multi-stakeholder inclusive community-based development programme (Karkara, ODI Niger, NIGETECH, CURE and Ministry of Public Health); it is a multi-sector program with three components including prevention and provision of services, capacity building of stakeholders, coordination, collection and sharing of best practices;
  • Active participation in advocacy actions for inclusion of PWD’s needs in Development programs and policies:
    • Advocacy with the National Institute for Statistics (INS) for the implementation of an inclusive general census of population and housing.
    • Advocacy with the Permanent Secretariat of the PRSP and other stakeholders in order to make the PRSP inclusive.
    • Advocacy with microfinance and micro-credit institutions for provision of services for all.

CBM began working with partners in 1984 and was officially recognised as an international NGO working in Niger in 2000.

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