Niger experiences some of the highest levels of poverty, with 9.5 million people affected by conditions of extreme poverty. The situation is exacerbated by an influx of refugees escaping conflict in neighboring countries, as well as their own bouts of violence and instability.
Concern implements both humanitarian and development programs in Niger to cover basic needs while also improving the security and self-sufficiency of local communities.
*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Niger. Find out more about our response here.
Between chronic vulnerability and armed conflicts, more than 2.9 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Niger which, much like its neighboring countries, continues to be affected by the Lake Chad basin crisis.
Niger faces recurring cycles of food insecurity, malnutrition, natural disasters, and epidemics, with the COVID-19 pandemic further complicating recovery efforts.
As the country is highly dependent on agriculture, even minor climate shocks directly affects the livelihood of thousands of households. This situation is aggravated by the presence of armed conflicts at Niger’s shared borders with Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Mali, causing massive displacement and increasing vulnerability.