CARE Niger was established in 1974 in response to famine and has worked on several food security projects since then. The program currently focuses on health and nutrition, natural resources management, education, local governance, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, microfinance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness and response.
Niger is the birthplace of our successful and often-replicated Village Savings and Loan Associations program, which economically empowers women and raises their social and political status. The project is known as ‘Mata Masu Dubara’ (MMD), or “ingenious women” or “women on the move.”
Since 2009, CARE Niger has been focusing on creating partnerships with civil society to encourage more sustainable development. The Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 emphasizes disaster risk reduction, strengthens emergency response and prevention, and aims to help create sustainable livelihoods for 150,000 households in extreme poverty.
Latest News from Niger
Many people in Niger have suffered from droughts and an inability to find food. Through CARE's Village Savings and Loan program, Mamata Tinou began a cereal bank in her village of Genki.
SAHEL HUNGER CRISIS
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 18.7 million people at risk of starvation in the Sahel region of west Africa.
Gambo and Hadja both fled Northern Nigeria with their children to seek shelter and peace in Niger. Their lives are put on hold.
“How old are you?” The woman chuckles and responds with a smile: “37, I think. Last time someone asked that question, I said 50 and people thought that was too old. So now I am 37.”
Due to rising insecurity and violence in Northern Nigeria, over 100,000 people have fled to neighboring Niger. The region of Diffa is already suffering from chronic food insecurity with over half of the population in need of support. The influx of refugees and returnees has made it even more difficult to share the scarce resources.
CARE has reached more than 50,000 people with food, cash, drinking water or hygiene kits in Niger.
NIAMEY, Niger-February 11, 2015- The conflict in northern Nigeria is causing a regional humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of refugees and returnees fleeing the border into Niger, Chad and Cameroon. An estimated 80 percent of the displaced are women and children.
Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013
Men Engage Initiative: CARE Niger (2011-2013)
The Men Engage Initiative in Niger is part of the women’s empowerment program that focuses on working with men as allies and people who benefit from women’s equality. The program works to get men involved in more household work and many anti-poverty programs. Some of its activities are:
Updated January 2014
CARE has conducted our emergency response operations in Chad, Mali and Niger, reaching people in these countries with immediate lifesaving assistance and long-term programs that address resilience among the most vulnerable people in the face of recurring crises by:
"The world needs to accept that many parts of Niger and the Sahel are now in a state of chronic crisis," explained Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International, in 2012.