A country faced with huge challenges
Following a military coup, free and fair elections were held in Niger in 2011 and again in 2015, leading to the formation of democratically legitimate civilian governments. However, terrorists and militant groups – especially attacks by Boko Haram, including in the south – continue to pose a threat to internal security. Despite debt relief, financial aid and government funding, the economic and social situation remains dire for most of the population. The country’s stable economic growth of around 4.4% is scarcely able to reduce the high poverty rate, as the population is also growing at 4.1% per year, faster than in almost any other country in the world. Alleviating poverty and curbing population growth are therefore key challenges for Niger. But the country also has potential: it is rich in mineral resources and has large deposits of uranium, for example.
KfW Office Niamey
Director KfW Office: Kerstin Laabs
Phone: +227 20 73 93 06
Fax: +227 20 73 27 02