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.
CARE Niger assumes the role of the National Lead Organization (NLO) for the DRYDEV programme in Niger. It has operated in Niger for 40 years covering six regions (Diffa, Zinder, Maradi, Tahoua, Niamey, Tillaberi). CARE Niger has significant experience in community development, including in the areas of food security, climate change, nutrition, women’s empowerment, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), NRM, humanitarian‐relief, advocacy, and civil society development. It also has significant experience in coordinating consortiums both nationally and regionally. Care Niger will play four key roles in the programme: (1) sub‐granting to and coordinating the work of other DRYDEV Niger implementing partners; (2) partnership development and communication; (3) leading the implementation of DRYDEV’s Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (PMEL) Framework, with support from ICRAF; and (4) supporting implementing partners carry out interventions under Work Packages (WPs) 1 to 6.