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Niger

HI runs a range of projects in Niger to further the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in education and employment. The organisation supports refugees and asylum seekers and works to reduce armed violence in the Sahel.

Humanity & Inclusion Niger

Humanity & Inclusion Niger | © Franck Pinay Rabaroust

Our actions

HI started working in Niger in 2006, aiming to improve the situation of people with disabilities by supporting organisations fighting for the rights of people with disability.

The scope of our work expanded significantly in 2012 with interventions in new areas including food security, reduction of armed violence and prevention and reduction of the risk of disabling sequelae in malnourished or developmentally delayed children under 5 years of age.

Since 2015, HI has been providing special support to vulnerable populations in Niger: urban refugees, asylum seekers, people with disabilities and populations living near weapons stockpiles.

Through its education projects, HI helps children with disabilities to access and remain in primary education.  We also continue our work to promote the social and legal integration of women and children with disabilities.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

Latest stories

Education, girls, disability: HI committed to solve the equation of exclusion
© Pascale Jérôme Kantoussan/HI
Inclusion Rights

Education, girls, disability: HI committed to solve the equation of exclusion

Following a study conducted in 2019 in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, and on International Day of Education on 24th January 2021, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) alerts Sahel countries’ governments and international cooperation organisations about the exclusion of girls with disabilities from school.

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
© HI
Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities
© Studio Cabrelli / Handicap International
Inclusion

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities

Since 2012, Handicap International has been improving the school enrolment and attendance of 170,000 children with disabilities in nine West African countries through the “Promoting the Full Participation of Children with Disabilities in Education” (APPEHL) project. Sandra Boisseau, who coordinates APPEHL from Dakar, Senegal, explains what the organisation is doing to remove obstacles to education for these children.

Background

Map of HI's interventions in Niger

Situated in the Sahel, Niger is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half of the population lives in extreme poverty and deprivation.

In this already very difficult context, the situation for people with disabilities is aggravated by the high levels of discrimination and socio-economic inequality. This discrimination takes the form of extremely limited access to education, employment and health services, very little civic participation, and the specific needs of people with disabilities being rarely taken into account in development initiatives.

Furthermore, situated between Nigeria, Chad, Libya, Algeria and Mali, Niger has been weakened by the political instability in neighbouring countries, incursions by armed groups and an influx of refugees, mainly from Mali and Nigeria.

Number of HI staff members:  90

Date the programme opened: 2006

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