Supporting the economy and essential services to help displaced people in Niger - Niger refugees
In Niger, there are now over 280,000 people who have been displaced due to conflicts, in particular the crisis in Mali and the regional crisis linked to terrorism. Among these displaced people are 158,000 refugees, 109,000 internally displaced people and 16,000 Nigerians who have fled Nigeria. The aim of the “Support Project for Displaced people” is to improve access to essential services and economic opportunities for all these displaced people and for the host communities affected by these forced displacements.
Reinforcing decentralized authorities
The actions will target host communities, displaced people and refugees in the Diffa region, taking the form of support for economic activity in agricultural fields, including breeding, markets and trade. At the same time, the project will reinforce local authority capacities, particularly in terms of the decentralized management of education, health and water supply. The project’s activities will complement humanitarian aid by using national systems, in particular through the reinforcement of decentralized authorities, to ensure their medium-term viability.
Finally, many refugees may wish to return to their country of origin, or migrate to an urban center. The emphasis will thus be placed on investments such as education and skills development, so that refugees have opportunities regardless of their destination.
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