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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.

CBM in Niger

CBM began operations in Niger in 1984. Over the past fifteen years, its actions have been mainly focused on socio-economic rehabilitation, provision of health services and physical rehabilitation. Its project on the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in Niger (PRHAN) was implemented by the National Union of Blind Persons of Niger (UNAN), its sole partner at the time.
CBM is legally authorized to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Niger by Order No. 139/MI/AT/DAPJ/SA of 24 May 2000. The Country office was established in January 2011 at the end of the PRAHN project. The partnership was opened to new local organizations and a 2015-2019 five-year strategic plan guiding CBM's interventions in Niger was developed and validated in 2016. Through its initiatives, the Country Office then embraced the issues of health, education, and livelihood, in line with the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) approach. Beginning in 2017, CBM initiated a transition from CBR to Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID). Future CBM projects and programs in Niger aligned with this new strategy.

About Niger

The Republic of Niger is a vast landlocked country of 1,267,000 square-kilometers. It is located between the southern part of the Sahara desert and the arid Sahel zone of West Africa and shares its borders with Mali to the west, Algeria to the north, Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest. Its capital, Niamey, is located in the far west of the country.
The population of Niger is estimated at 17,138,707 inhabitants (4th RGPH 2012), of which 50.3% are women and 51.6% are youth under the age of 15 years. Nearly 79.6% of the population lives in rural areas, with a high concentration of urban population (almost 40%) in the capital (INS, 2010).
Niger is an agro-sylvo-pastoral country and heavily dependent on subsistence agriculture and extensive animal husbandry.
For more than a decade Niger has been ranked last by the Human Development Index (HDI). Nearly 60% of the Nigerien population lives below the poverty line. Food crises are recurrent, with nearly 40% of children suffering from malnutrition, and a large portion of the population not having access to electricity and drinking water.
However, in recent years the exploitation of mineral resources – notably uranium, coal and recently oil – has created a renewed hope for a weakly sustained economic growth and encouraged the government to initiate the fight against poverty and food insecurity in Niger.
Moreover, political crises in neighboring Libya and Mali have disturbed the peace that had prevailed in Niger since the resolution of the problem of the Tuareg rebellion (2009). This situation particularly affects the north of the country. In addition, the threats of Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram have affected Nigerien populations through the influx of refugees, violent attacks and the recruitment of idle youth.
Negative socio-cultural perceptions of people with disabilities are still prevalent, especially in rural communities. Sociocultural perceptions that disability is the result of a curse, divine punishment or an evil spell, pose a real problem for community understanding of, and attitudes towards, disability.
Children with disabilities in Niger suffer particularly from exclusion and discrimination. For example, in terms of education, while the national gross enrollment ratio is 80.8%, the rate is around 2% for children with disabilities. Yet Niger ratified the CRPD on April 24, 2008, at the same time as its optional protocol.

Where we works

Through its current projects CBM operates in seven of the eight regions in the country:
  1. Region of Niamey
  2. Region of Diffa
  3. Dosso Region
  4. Maradi Region
  5. Region of Tillabéri
  6. Zinder Region
  7. Region of Tahoua

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Mental health;
  2. Eye health;
  3. Prevention, screening, diagnosis, early intervention and rehabilitation;
  4. Inclusive education;
  5. Livelihood;
  6. Advocacy.

Our partnerships

In Niger, CBM works with the following implementing partners:
  • NGO Karkara,
  • Cure Hôpital des enfants (CURE Children's Hospital),
  • Ministère de la Santé Publique à travers les Directions Régionales de Santé Publique de Dosso et de Diffa (Ministry of Public Health through the Regional Directorates of Public Health of Dosso and Diffa),
  • Développement pour un Mieux Etre, DEMI-E, (Development for Better Well-Being),
  • Organisation Nigérienne des Educateurs Novateurs, ONEN (Nigerien Organization of Innovative Educators)
  • Fédération Nationale des Personnes Handicapées FNPH (National Federation of Persons with Disabilities)
The projects being implemented in Niger are:
  1. Community Based Rehabilitation - 1 project: 3219 / ProDIB- Inclusive Community Based Development Project.
  2. Livelihood, Vocational Training and Employment - 2 projects: 3387 / FTIPI - Technical Training and Inclusive Professional Integration and 3553 / CRADI Cultivating Resilience - Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture in Zinder.
  3. Advocacy and Empowerment of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (ODPs) - 1 project: 3282 / 3PDPH- Project for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Niamey, Tahoua and Maradi.
  4. Emergency / Humanitarian Assistance: 3 projects: 3362 / IPHAH - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Diffa Humanitarian Actions, 3595 / DIER- Disability Inclusion in Emergency Response, P3610 / AAN- Food and Nutrition Assistance in Diffa.

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