Supporting the economy and essential services to help displaced people in Niger
The context: major migrations to and within Niger
Two regional conflicts, the crisis in Mali and the regional crisis in Boko Haram, are causing major displacements to and within Niger. The country currently hosts more than 280,000 conflict-related internally displaced persons, about 158,000 refugees, 109,000 internally displaced persons and 16,000 Nigerian nationals returning from Nigeria as a result of the conflict.
Reinforcing decentralized authorities
The development objective of the project is to improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for refugees and host communities in selected areas in the Republic of Niger.
The project will implement targeted interventions to support income enhancement for groups of households and/or communities affected by the crises, with the aim of making them self-sufficient and stabilizing the selected areas. These are located in 15 municipalities in the Diffa, Tahoua and Tillabéri regions, which will benefit from the project’s investments. These short-term interventions will benefit the entire community through the creation of infrastructure to improve access to basic services, as well as through access to income-generating activities – agricultural and non-agricultural – to increase the socio-economic opportunities of the refugee beneficiaries and their host communities.
The project consists of the following four components.
- Community infrastructure to improve access to basic public services – USD 43.5 million
- Support for economic opportunities – equivalent to USD 25.5 million
- Coordination and institutional development – equivalent to USD 5.0 million
- Project management – equivalent to USD 6.0 million
Achievements by March 2019
The four effectiveness conditions for an effective start of implementation have been met in March 2019:
- adequate refugee protection framework;
- adoption of the Administrative, Accounting and Financial Manual of Procedures and the Project Implementation Manual;
- recruitment of necessary staffing for the project;
- establishment of the Steering Committee.
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