Niger - CARE



17,8 millions
Average life expectancy:
58,4 years
Proficiency in writing and reading:
28,7 %
Access to clean drinking water:
48 %
GDP per citizen:
US$ 873
Child mortality:
73 pr. 1,000 born alive
Mother mortality:
590 pr. 100.000 born alive
0,5 %

Source: UNDP


Poor governance, extended droughts and weak civil society are all contributory factors in Niger’s as the poorest country in the world.

Niger gained its independence from France in 1960, but democracy has since then often been under pressure. In the fall of 2009, the country experienced another political crisis when the president changed the constitution to stay in power through an illegal referendum, but in 2010 he was ejected by a military coup. In 2011 democracy was adopted once again.

Niger is plagued by recurring droughts. Every year 65 percent of the population, who live below the official poverty line, suffer a so-called hunger gap – a period of two-four months where they don’t have sufficient food to cover their basic needs.

The last great famine was in 2005, where trhee million people where affected, but in 2010 more than seven million people starved during the hunger gap.

The result of the war in Mali was that more than 80.000 refugees arrived.

CARE Danmark in Niger
Long periods of undemocratic rule has pressured civil society, which is both young and very weak in Niger. CARE works with local organisations to promote women’s and ethnic minorities’ rights and improve their living conditions. Both through investments in infra-structure, such as cereal banks, wells and schools, but also through human rights awareness-raising and seeking influence on the legislation and social practices that lead to oppression and marginalization. Through this work, local organizations capacity to continue the work in the long term is ensured.

To know more about CARE Danmark’s work in Niger please contact  Programme Coordinator Line Gamrath Rasmussen

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CARE Danmark’s focus areas:
Value Chains
Gender Equality & Micro Finance
Climate Change
Food Security