Switzerland supports development efforts in Niger by investing in rural development, education, vocational skills development and local governance. These actions are aimed at improving the living conditions of local communities, encouraging them to play a part in their own development.

Niger faces food insecurity on a regular basis due to economic and structural problems. Since the 1970s the country has experienced seven major food crises. Approximately 80% of the population live in rural areas with more than 45% living below the poverty line. In line with Niger’s development strategies, the SDC is active in three main fields:

  • Rural development
  • Education and vocational skills development
  • Local governance, decentralisation and citizen participation

SDC operations are focused primarily on Dosso and Maradi in southern Niger, but they also extend into Zinder and Diffa.

Detailed information can be found on the French page.