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Niger is an emerging democracy landlocked in the increasingly unstable Sahel region. It consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index.

Despite increased economic growth catalyzed by expanding extractive industries, broad-based development has been hampered by poor infrastructure, extremely low education levels, and multiple concurrent natural disasters. Economic progress is further challenged by the highest fertility rate in the world, which essentially doubles the population every twenty years. The high fertility rate is compounded by Niger having the world's highest prevalence rate of child, early and forced marriage globally, which also negatively affects its ability to meet education, health, or economic development objectives. These hurdles, coupled with an increasing presence of violence, crime and violent extremism, particularly along the border regions with neighboring Mali, Libya and Nigeria, put Niger at risk of a reversal in positive development gains that have been made throughout the country in recent years.

USAID assists the Nigerien government and local partners to create economic opportunities and increase civic and political participation for Nigerien youth to help undermine extremist messages and encourage stability in Niger and the region.

Contact Information

Mission Contact

Jo Lesser-Oltheten
Mission Director
US Embassy
+227 20 72 26 61

USAID Contact

Kim Woods
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
, DC 

Last updated: July 22, 2022

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