Although Niger is subject to recurring political instability and systemic crises, Italian Development Cooperation has strived to maintain steady aid flows to Niger since the 1980s. The DGCS has played a role in various sectors in Niger and its twenty-year experience in combating desertification makes Italy a privileged donor in all activities geared towards rural development in the country. Added to this is a growing interest in healthcare and medical training, with a training programme underway to meet the pressing demand for boosting skills and improving human resources, in keeping with the principles of ownership and harmonization of interventions.
Italy’s Development Cooperation initiatives follow the priorities identified by the 2012-2015 Economic and Social Development Plan, the strategic document drafted by Niger’s authorities for medium to long-term development, in line with Millennium Development Goals.
Its priorities areas are: food security, good governance, development of human capital and infrastructural development. Italian Development Cooperation shares the general long-term goal of the government of Niger, namely to achieve a more equitable distribution of the benefits of growth in order to create more favourable conditions for the development of a middle class in Niger. In the short term, however, Italy’s engagement focuses on food security and rural development, in an effort to capitalize on the results achieved thus far and to improve the living conditions of the population through a systemic approach that considers the Sahel region as a whole.
Country profile STREAM 2013-2015