What is Chicago Cool? Ambassador Whitaker explains

At a big-shouldered hat-tip to the Windy City, on November 7, Ambassador Eric Whitaker held an event entitled “Chicago Cool:  An Evening of Art and Diplomacy” at his residence.  The night was filled with art, music, film, performances, and food to celebrate the installation of new artwork based on Chicago and mid-western themes and to ...
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Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Helps Launch “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” Malaria Campaign

On October 18, 2018, at the Congressional Palace, Ambassador Whitaker spoke at the launch of the campaign “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” (“Zero Malaria! It Starts with Me!”) to eradicate malaria across Africa by 2030. The campaign is supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, which each year donates $18M dollars to Niger for malaria prevention and treatment. Fifty-five ...
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A Ramadan Message from U.S. Embassy Niger

Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, not just here in Niger,  but around the world. Here is a photo of the mosque near my home in Fair fax, Virginia, where an estimated 50,000 Muslims live, work and raise their families. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, we extend our best wishes to our ...
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Students Gather for Model U.N. Addressing Press Freedom

During the four days leading up to International Press Freedom Day (May 3), 43 outstanding Nigerien high school students participated in a Model U.N. focusing on journalists’ rights and press freedom. From the minds of Niger’s future leaders came outstanding advocacy for a free and independent press. One team wrote a passionate plea for their ...
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Niger Hosts 2018 Flintlock Exercise

Approximately 1,900 service members and law enforcement officers from 20 African and western partner nations participated in Flintlock 2018 at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal from April 9-20, 2018. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated  military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa ...
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Five Senators Come to Niger

From 3-4 April, U.S. Embassy Niger welcomed a group of bipartisan legislators who serve on the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations, Finance and other key strategic committees. Senators Coons, Booker, Bennet, Peters and Flake met with a range of visitors, including President Issoufou, to emphasize the importance of our broad bilateral relationship and to hear directly ...
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My Voice/My Way Workshop Helps Celebrate Black History Month and Self-Expression

Toni Morrison. Langston Hughes. The incomparable Maya Angelou.  In February, U.S. Embassy Niger celebrated all of these famous African-American writers with a writers workshop to help inspire young authors.  This small workshop included 15 selected participants who developed short reflections on their art and their methods of self-expression.  Leading the workshop was  acclaimed writer and ...
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Filmmakers Shine at Short Film Festival

Hollywood came to Niger on February 7, when the Embassy-sponsored Short Film Festival featured the work of six young filmmakers.  Several of the films were developed during an Embassy workshop held in association with American Film Showcase in September 2017. Others were created with Embassy-sponsored grants. All films focused on countering violent extremism and equality ...
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WhatsApp Groups Flourish

What’s up with WhatsApp? It’s one of the most popular social media networks in Niger. WhatsApp helps the people of Niger form networks and stay in touch using cellphone technology. Taking advantage of the popularity of WhatsApp and helping to form meaningful networks for Nigeriens, U.S. Embassy Niger formed two very active groups: a WhatsApp ...
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Young Bloggers Complete Training Program

In January 2017, U.S. Embassy Niger sought to help give young women a voice by starting the Girl Blogger Program. Since then, 40 bloggers have been assisted in getting their voices heard in the blogosphere. This project is aligned with many other Embassy activities to help advance women and girls, including a nation-wide teen soccer ...
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Farewell and Thank You to Ambassador Reddick

The U.S. Embassy and her colleagues throughout Niger bid farewell to Ambassador Eunice Reddick, who served in Niger for three years.  Ambassador Reddick was honored with the Commander of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Niger at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 20. Surrounded by government officials, fellow ambassadors and embassy ...
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All-Star Girls Soccer Team Returns to Niger After Successful Visit to the U.S.

Eight young female soccer players were brimming with excitement as they returned to Niamey in October after participating in Sports United’s Visitor Program in the United States. These are our All-Star team, having been selected from young players across the country. This exciting sports program is a partnership between U.S. Embassy Niger, FENIFOOT and Niger’s ...
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U.S. Embassy Niger Participates in Cure Salee

U.S. Embassy Niger traveled way beyond Niamey to the Sahara Desert cities of Agadez and  Ingall for Cure Salee, an annual celebration of the Tuaregs and other nomadic people of Northern Niger. The delegation ventured there to build relationships, inform people of the U.S. sponsored programs, and better understand the culture and needs of the ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green Delivers Remarks at a Roll Back Malaria Event

For Immediate Release Thursday, September 21, 2017 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAID USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN DELIVERS REMARKS AT A ROLL BACK MALARIA EVENT “THE ROLE OF COUNTRY LEADERSHIP IN ACCELERATING MALARIA ELIMINATION” United Nations Headquarters New York City, New York ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good evening ladies and gentlemen. As my ...
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Niger’s Young Robot Team Competes in Washington DC

Niger’s young robot team represented their country at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competition in Washington, DC.  Two girls and one boy from local high schools  entered the world-wide competition with their invention they named Rakumi (Camel in Hausa). At the competition, the team from Niger was paired with Mali ...
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Training and Donations Boost Niger’s Security

The U.S. Embassy is continuing its partnership with Niger by helping build capacity for protecting the nation’s security. Initiatives span many regions and types of assistance, including providing training and equipment to police and military. This May, equipment worth more than $500,000 was donated to the Nigerien police, national guard, and gendarmes with the intent of ...
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Nigerien business delegation to the International Home & Housewares show in Chicago

Through the use of the Department of State Bureau of Economic Affairs Business Facilitation Incentive Funds (BFIF), Economic and Commercial Assistant Samaila Salifou escorted a five member business delegation to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois from March 18 – 21.  Participants had the opportunity to meet with business professionals, discuss possible ...
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Women of Courage

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE   March 28, 2017   First Lady Melania Trump and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Honor 13 Women of Courage First Lady Melania Trump and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to ...
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Rice Husk Stoves Donation

On Thursday March 23, ambassador Eunice Reddick attended the donation of Rice Husk Stoves to 50 women specialized in rice parboiling in the village of Seberi, Kollo. This ceremony marked the completion of the project entitled “Rice Husk Cooking Stoves for All” implemented by JVE (Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement). The project will contribute to the ...
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U.S. Ambassador, Niger Media Visit Flintlock 2017 in Diffa

US Ambassador, Niger Media Visit Flintlock 2017 in Diffa By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kulani Lakanaria   DIFFA, NIGER—Ambassador Eunice S. Reddick, the U.S. ambassador to Niger, traveled from Niamey to Diffa, Niger, with journalists from national-level media organizations to observe training during Flintlock 2017, March 7. Governor Dan Dano Mahamadou Lawaly, the governor of ...
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Art Exhibit

U.S. Embassy Niamey supported the organization of an art exhibition initiated by Kathleen Stafford and Yongi Chung, two American artists. This exhibition titled “Lost and Found” opened February 28 at the American Cultural Center with attendance of Ambassador Eunice Reddick. Motivated by the beauty of simplicity in the design and enduring nature of the designs ...
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Awards Signing Ceremony

Awards Signing Ceremony Minister of Community and Territory Development Mr. Amani Abdou and U S. Ambassador Eunice S. Reddick celebrated the U.S. Embassy’s 11 small-grants program recipients at the 2016 Special Self Help and Julia Taft award signing ceremony on Thursday November 17, 2016.  The U.S. government awarded a total of $70,000 to local non-profit ...
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United by Strong Institutions: 2016 U.S. Elections Send Message of Peaceful Transition

On November 8, Embassy Niamey held a youth election night at the American Cultural Center. Together with the Young African Leadership Initiative Alumni Association (YALI), The National Youth Council of Niger and The Emerging Council Agency for a soiree of presentations about the electoral process, games and live entertainment. Ambassador Reddick opened the program with ...
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AGOA Roundtable

On November 10, 2016, the United States Embassy, in cooperation with the USAID West African Trade Hub and the Niger Chamber of Commerce, held a day-long roundtable discussion designed to highlight Niger’s eligibility and participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  The AGOA system of trade preferences is designed to develop the United ...
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U.S. Leaders Visit Niger’s Air Base 201

AGADEZ, Niger — General Thomas D. Waldhauser‎, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited Niger Armed Forces’ Air Base 201 (today) to meet with U.S. troops, members of the Forces Armées Nigériennes (FAN), and local civilian leaders.  He was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice S. Reddick. “We are here at the request of and in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall meeting for all Americans on Thursday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m.

This message is to inform U.S. Citizens that there will be a Town Hall meeting open to all Americans on Thursday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the American Cultural Center located at Rue de la Tapoa in Niamey. This will be an opportunity to discuss recent events and their effect on the current security ...
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NASA, USAID Open Environmental Monitoring Hub in West Afric

July 14, 2016 RELEASE 16-070   NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have opened a new environmental monitoring program in West Africa that will enhance the role of space-based observations in the management of climate-sensitive issues facing the world today. SERVIR-West Africa, based in Niamey, Niger, is one of four NASA-USAID sponsored ...
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Blogging Workshop

On Saturday July 2 the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Organization for the Promotion of Excellence (OPE), hosted a blogging workshop for young women.  A total of 15 students, including female journalists, writers, actresses, producers, women leaders, and entrepreneurs took part in the training.  The Public Affairs A/V Tech, Goudia Hachirou, led the workshop, ...
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USAID Office of Transition Initiatives Sponsors Community Dialogue in Bani Bangou

Interethnic tensions continue to disrupt peace and security in the Tillaberi region of ‪Niger. To promote intercommunity dialogue and peacebuilding, the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supported the Bani Bangou Prefecture to organize a forum that gathered state authorities, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations to address peace and security in their communities. Aimed ...
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YALI Pre-Departure Orientation

YALI Pre-Departure Orientation   The Charge d’Affaires congratulated and welcomed the 2016 Nigerien MWF YALI participants at a pre-departure orientation held at the American Cultural Center on June 10. One of the 2012 Young African Leaders IVLP-style program alumni attended the PDO and encouraged the fellows to give their best and make the most out ...
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Ramadan Greetings Video

Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey are excited to present their video offering Ramadan greetings to Muslims in Niger, the United States, and across the world.  The short clip features the Embassy’s diversity as U.S. and local staff wish a “Ramadan Kareem” to all who observe the holy month.  In addition to languages commonly ...
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EducationUSA Outreach

PAS Niamey’s EducationUSA Advisor conducted outreach in Niger’s main cities – Agadez, Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder and Dosso – from May 5-14. In each city the Advisor gave presentations on the five steps to study in the United States and discussed undergraduate and graduate opportunities, financial aid, and standardized test preparation. The sessions were open to ...
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Embassy Niamey Celebrates Earth Day

For the second year in a row, PAS co-sponsored a tree planting ceremony in honor of Earth Day with a local NGO, Jeunes Voluntaires pour l’ Environment (JVE Niger). JVE is represented throughout the country and its Executive Director, Sani Ayouba, is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow who represented Niger at the COP21 talks in ...
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Ambassador Reddick Welcomes YALI 2016!

Ambassador Reddick officially welcomed the 2016 Mandela YALI Fellows into Niger’s growing cohort of YALI alumni at a reception held in their honor on April 20. The 2014 and 2015 Mandela Washington alumni and previous YALI generations welcomed the new fellows to the YALI Niger Association and shared some words of advice. The reception ended ...
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Women’s History Month Celebrations

PAS Niamey hosted a pre-screening of a documentary written and directed by a local artist, Aicha Macky as part of the Women’s History Month calendar of events. In this emotional documentary “L’arbre sans fruit” (“fruitless tree” in English) Macki discusses infertility in the Nigerien context. Macki says, “Being married with no kids is a very ...
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Book Discussion: “I am Malala “

On March 29th, PAS Niamey hosted a book discussion to commemorate Women’s History Month. The event focused on the book “I am Malala,” which tells the story of Malala Yousafzaï’s fight for her right to an education after the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Ambassador Reddick attended the event and gave ...
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English Oral Presentations Training

Niamey PAS and English Language Fellow, April Smith have partnered with University Abdou Moumouni’s Performing Arts program to develop field related skills that will allow the students to succeed in sharing their art, their culture and their causes both through Niger and on the international scene.  This session, Masters’ students spent time with April and ...
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Embassy Niamey Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

Information Resource Center Director Boubacar Assoumi was featured in an interview on private TV station Anfani FM on April 16 discussing Jazz Appreciation Month and American Cultural Center activities.  In addition to speaking about his experience as an exchange student in the United States, Assoumi highlighted the American Cultural Center’s programs including book discussions, book ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger   President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, on April 2, 2016. General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), ...
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“ON EST ENSEMBLE” (WE ARE TOGETHER)

“ON EST ENSEMBLE” (WE ARE TOGETHER)   The USAID Peace Through Development II (PDev II) Program seeks to empower youth through civic education, leadership training to increase participation in local decision-making, capacity building for youth associations, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training, and expanding livelihoods.  Between 2011 and 2015, PDev II has trained about 2,100 youth in leadership, participatory ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry At The Washington Post Grand Opening Event

Secretary of State John Kerry At The Washington Post Grand Opening Event January 28, 2016 The Washington Post Headquarters Washington, D.C. SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you, and good morning everybody.  And weeks ago – and I did receive the invitation to come here weeks before we knew whether or not Jason would be able to be ...
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U.S. Embassy Capacity-Building Workshop Prepares Radio Journalists for Elections

From January 25-27 the U.S. Embassy hosted a three-day capacity-building workshop for Nigerien radio journalists reporting in local languages.  The workshop, which was organized in conjunction with the State Department’s Africa Regional Service (ARS) and Nigerien umbrella organization La Maison de la Presse focused on reporting skills and the upcoming elections.  The course was led ...
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TechCamp Niamey

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey, in partnership with Niger’s Conseil National de la Jeunesse (National Youth Council, CNJ), and the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), hosted “TechCampNiamey: Voix pour la Paix” January 20-21.  The two-day program focused on the challenges of countering violent extremism.  Seventy youth and religious leaders from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Human Rights Day 2015

International Human Rights Day 2015   Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2015 ________________   The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms ...
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GIST Tech-I Competition

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine ...
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Guest Speaker Discusses Elections with Youth and Women

International Information Programs Bureau-supported speaker Adrienne Lever visited Niger November 14-22 to conduct workshops on “Grassroots Engagement of Youth” and “Women in the Political Process” in Niamey, Dosso, and Tillabery. Lever is Director of Partnerships for ChangePolitics, a new elections project of Change.org and served as a regional director for President Obama’s campaign from 2007-2008.   ...
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Pre-TechCamp

On Tuesday, November 10, U.S. Embassy Niamey, in partnership with Niger’s Conseil National de la Jeunesse (National Youth Council, CNJ), and the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), hosted “TechCamp Connect Niamey: Voices for Peace.”  Twenty leaders from Diffa, Zinder, Agadez, and Niamey joined IIP, CNJ, and Embassy facilitators to discuss the types of radicalization ...
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Presentation at Prytannee Military School

On October 27, Major Kite Faulkner gave a presentation for large audience of cadets and school staff at the Prytannee Military School.   The Prytannee Military School has the reputation for being one of the most academically rigorous schools in Niger and attracts students from nine different African nations.  Administrators invited a representative of the United ...
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Diversity Visa Program Presentation

On October 23 Consular Officer Jane Jensen gave a presentation on the Diversity Visa Program before a packed auditorium at L’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises (ESCAE).  The Diversity Visa Program was designed to increase the diversity of immigrants in the United States.  Each year, the U.S. government holds a lottery – a random selection of ...
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October 24 is World Polio Day

World Polio Day affords the global community an opportunity to reflect on the unique history of this disease, recognize the accomplishments of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and assess the final steps in a decades-long struggle to end a terrible, but vaccine-preventable disease.   GPEI was established in 1988 through the collaborative efforts of the ...
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US Presents Niger with Cessnas

The United States Ambassador to Niger, AMB Eunice Reddick had the honor today to present to the government of Niger over $36 million worth of equipment and training.  The ceremony marks the culmination of 12 months of planning, training and execution of two projects:  The transfer of two Cessna C-208 Caravans with Intelligence, Surveillance and ...
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International Day of the Girl

To commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl, the Ambassador spoke at a conference organized by the Public Affairs Section in coordination with local NGO Femme Action et Développement (FAD).  The conference-debate focused on the theme:  “Girls: Peace and Security”. In her opening remarks, Ambassador Reddick urged the audience to work together to break ...
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On Boko Haram’s Brutal Attacks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson October 13, 2015 STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON On Boko Haram’s Brutal Attacks The United States strongly condemns Boko Haram’s brutal attacks this past weekend in Baga Sola, Chad, and in Cameroon in villages near Fotokol, Mora, and Seradji-Kerawa, as well as attacks last week in ...
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U.S.-Niger Joint Country Action Plan Signed

In a ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador Eunice Reddick and Deputy Minister Kaffa Rékiatou Christelle Jackou, the Governments of the United States and Niger officially signed the Security Governance Initiative Joint Country Action Plan on October 9. The Security Governance Initiative (SGI) represents a comprehensive approach to improving security sector governance and was launched last ...
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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The United States Embassy in Niamey, Niger is pleased to announce the opening of the on-line application for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). The application will close on November 11, 2015. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for 1,000 young African leaders to travel to the United States ...
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Remarks By President Obama To The United Nations General Assembly

September 28, 2015   REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations Headquarters New York, New York  PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have ...
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Statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Situation in Burkina Faso

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2015 Statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Situation in Burkina Faso The United States condemns, in the strongest terms, the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso. We call on ...
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YALI and W2W Press Conference

The American Cultural Center (ACC) organized a press conference to welcome the returning 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI MWF) cohort and two participants sponsored by the ACC to participate in the 2015 edition of Empower Peace International summer women’s leadership conference Women2Women (W2W).  After opening remarks from the Ambassador and PAO the returning exchange participants ...
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Disabled Artisans’ Fair

PAS Niamey organized a Bazaar and an exhibition of products made by disabled artisans  in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The event was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Niger, the Minister of Professional and Technical Education and other persons from diverse sectors.  This bazaar and exposition of ...
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NDI President Kenneth Wollack

On August 19th, the President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Kenneth Wollack, participated in a reception and round table discussion with the press at Ambassador Reddick’s official residence.  He discussed the upcoming elections, the importance of multi-party participation, and what is at stake for the security situation in Niger.  Before a group of dozens ...
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Mama Kyota

On August 14, the American Cultural Center hosted a preview screening of the Hausa-language documentary Mamar Kyota by Professor Pearl Robinson.  Robinson, who is a professor of political science at Tufts University, spent 10 years working on the film about Saïda Oumul Khairy Niasse (known as Mama Kyota) and the female empowerment strategy of her ...
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Local Radio Competition Strengthens Moderate Voices against Violent Extremism

In July of 2011, Niger held its first national conference for political dialogue on the promotion of peace, democracy and good governance.  To celebrate that initiative, USAID’s Peace through Development II project launched an annual competition among community and private radio stations in order to promote the production of local radio programming with innovative “anti-violent ...
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USAID Associate Administrator Eric Postel Speaks with Senior Nigerien Religious Leaders

In his visit to Niger, the USAID Associate Administrator, Mr. Eric Postel, met with senior Islamic and Christian leaders on July 9, 2015 to discuss their recent attendance at a Regional Religious Leaders Conference against Violent Extremism in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  Supported by USAID’s Peace through Development II program, the conference brought together senior religious ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Celebration of Youth Leadership

On June 12, the Public Affairs Section hosted a “Celebration of Youth Leadership.”  Organized in conjunction with the 2014 and 2015 MWF YALI participants, the reception recognized young Nigerien leaders who participated in the 2015 Upstander International Youth Leadership Institute (led by Omekongo Dibinga and hosted at the American Cultural Center).  It was also the ...
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Ambassador Reddick Speaks at 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship YALI Pre-Departure Orientation

On June 12, Ambassador Reddick congratulated and welcomed the 2015 Nigerien MWF YALI participants at a pre-departure orientation held at the American Cultural Center.  The Fellows met with the Ambassador, Embassy representatives, 2014 MWF YALI participants, and motivational speaker, poet, and scholar Omekongo Dibinga.  
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Second Edition of Upstander International Leadership Institute

The Public Affairs section hosted the second edition of the Upstander International Youth Leadership Institute at the American Cultural Center June 9-11.  The first edition, held in 2013, invited Nigerien youth association leaders from all eight regions to Niamey for a three-day workshop focused on building their practical skills and understanding of leadership.  This year’s ...
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US Embassy Marks World Press Freedom Day

The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) invited Paris-based Speaker Elizabeth Bryant to conduct a three-day workshop for local journalists/editors at the American Cultural Center in Niamey. The theme was “Press Freedom and Ethical Challenges for Journalism in Niger: Media Coverage during the Elections Period.” PAS took this opportunity to focus on this topic to ...
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The US Embassy Welcomes the 2015 YALI Fellows

Last week, Ambassador Reddick officially welcomed the 2015 Mandela Washington YALI Fellows into Niger’s growing cohort of YALI alumni at a reception held in their honor at the residence of the embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Marissa Scott. It was a fun evening and an occasion for the 2014  Fellows to share words of wisdom with ...
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Young Nigeriens Learn Film Making to Counter Violent Extremism

On March 30, the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) hosted a closing ceremony for a week-long training for young Nigerien film makers that took place at the American Cultural Center. The Public Affairs Officer, Marissa Scott, and the Minister of Culture, Arts, and Entertainment, Ousmane Abdou, delivered remarks congratulating the participants on their efforts ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Launch of NigerPharma App (March 25, 2015)

On March 25, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section hosted the official launch of NigerPharma App at the American Cultural Center. The application, designed by Nigerien engineer/entrepreneur Ibrahim Seini Djermakoye, works on android mobile phones. It makes it easier on people to find a pharmacy that is open and has the medicine they need, especially ...
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IRC Book Holds Discussion on “The Color Purple” (March 24, 2015)

On March 24, the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Center (IRC) held a discussion in commemoration of Women’s History Month about the female characters in The Color Purple,written by American author Alice Walker.  The book depicts the life and challenges of women in the United States and discusses themes related to their empowerment.  The Public Affairs ...
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Prime Minister Visits USAID Garden Project Site (March 15, 2015)

Prime Minister Brigi Rafini visited a USAID-sponsored “oasis garden” in the Filingue Department in southwestern Niger on 15 March. Managed by the Al Barkat Women’s Group in Iguefan Village, this 1.2-hectare oasis garden is designed to help the community meet nutritional needs while adapting to climate change. With the help of a solar-powered irrigation system, ...
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Nigerien Girls “Get Into Rugby”

On March 8, Ambassador Eunice Reddick attended the “Get into Rugby” event organized by the Nigerien Rugby Federation and 2014 YALI Alumnus Alio Karim Ali in honor of International Women’s Day.  150 girls from Niamey and surrounding cities were invited to spend the morning at the National Stadium learning about the sport from members of ...
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American Civilization Fair

With support from the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, English Language Fellow (ELF), April Smith, organized on March 7 an American Civilization Fair at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey.  Students in the American Civilization Course were asked to prepare a project related to the course and present  it to the public and judges.  Judges included Deputy ...
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Women Journalists trained on Media Technology (February 18, 2015)

On February 18, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section hosted a workshop for female Nigerien journalists focusing on “Media Approaches to Social Issues.”  The trainer, Kim Selden, is the founder and CEO of Global Media Project (a New York-based communications consulting firm). This workshop built on a previous workshop led by Ms. Selden in March ...
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IRC Hosts Black History Month Discussion ( February 17, 2015)

On February 17, the Information Resource Center of the American Cultural Center hosted a discussion on “The Contribution of African-Americans to World Culture” in celebration of Black History Month.  The discussion moderator, Dr. Amadou Seibou Adamou (a lecturer at the University of Abdou Moumouni Dioffo of Niamey), highlighted some major inventions and contributions made by ...
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Launch of YALI Outreach Caravan (January 10, 2015)

On February 10, the American Cultural Center hosted the launch of the YALI Outreach Caravan. The 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows and alumni from the earlier version of the YALI program will perform outreach in all eight regions of Niger. Following a month of trips and workshops, the alumni will organize a town hall in Niamey ...
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A/S Linda Thomas-Greenfield visits Niger

On January 21, U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, held a press conference at the American Cultural Center following her brief visit to Niger to attend a security summit on Nigeria and Boko Haram.  She answered questions about the support that the U.S. government is offering to the Nigerian government and its neighbors, ...
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The American Embassy Celebrates IEW (November 17-21, 2014)

To mark the International Education Week (November 17-21), the American Cultural Center hosted various speakers to talk about issues of interest to English language teachers, educators, high school students, members of English Language Clubs, and members of the public. The main topics discussed were: Studying in the U.S.; Funding your Studies; Learning English Skills for ...
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Ambassador Hosts YALI Fellows (October 23, 2014)

Last Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice Reddick hosted a reception at her residence in honor of the 2014 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellows. This was an opportunity for the Fellows to network with other Nigerien youth leaders and stakeholders, to share their experiences about the program, and to raise awareness ...
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Embassy Celebrates International Day of the Girl

In honor of the International Day of the Girl on October 11, Ambassador Eunice Reddick hosted an event at her home for six young Nigerien women who had participated in the Women2Women leadership program in the U.S.  Ambassador Reddick and the girls discussed the importance of girls’ access to education.  Did you know that only ...
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Arrival of New U.S. Ambassador

The U.S. Embassy is very pleased to announce the arrival of the new U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice Reddick! Upon her arrival to Niger this week, Ambassador Reddick expressed her eagerness to be here and readiness to start work!  In addition to the many issues that require the Ambassador’s attention at the bilateral relationship level, she ...
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Women2Women Program Returnees Press Conference

On September 8, the U.S. Embassy held a press conference for the returning 3 Nigerien young women who participated in theWomen2Women America 2014 conference in the U.S. at the Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. The August 7-16 W2W conference, which focused on building leadership capacity for young women from various countries around the world, had ...
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Grants Signing Ceremony between the US Embassy and 15 NGOs

On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy’s Political Section held a grants signing ceremony at the American Cultural Center. 15 Non-governmental organizations (14 local and one international ) received from the embassy close to 400 billion CFA (800,000 US $) in project funds to help in the fight against poverty and support the vulnerable populations in Niger. ...
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Mandela Washington Fellows Press Conference

The US Embassy in Niamey hosted the returning Mandela Washington YALI Fellows for a press conference yesterday at the American Cultural Center. Representatives from various media outlets had the opportunity to ask the young African leaders questions about their experience while on the Fellowship program in the U.S. and about what they hope to do ...
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YALI Presidential Town Hall Viewing Party

On 30 July, the Embassy organized a viewing party for  President Obama’s town hall meeting with the 500 Mandela Washington YALI Fellows, including six Nigeriens. Participants watched a French version of the town hall. A highlight of this event, which was held at the American Cultural Center, was a short video filmed on the day ...
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Nigerien Youth Enjoy Suhoor at ACC

In July, the U.S. Embassy in Niger, in partnership with NGO Potential Terre, hosted its annual Suhoorevent for Nigerien youth at the American Cultural Center. The discussed topic was “Discipline:  Pilot of Change and Development.”   This year, about 170 attendees including 50 women were able to participate, making the event standing room only for the ...
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Reaching Out to Nigeriens during Ramadan

As part of its Ramadan outreach, the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section produced a 3-minute video featuring American embassy staff wishing “happy Ramadan” in the nine local languages spoken in Niger (Zarma, Hausa, French, Arabic, Gurmentchema, Tamasheq, Peuhl, Toubou, and Kanuri). American officers from sections across the embassy participated, including the Charge d’ Affaires, and concluded ...
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USAID and DANIDA Sign an Agreement

On June 26, USAID and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), in Niamey held a ceremony/press conference at the American Cultural Center for signing a Memorandum of Understanding in which DANIDA will co-fund an extension of USAID’s “ Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Management of Natural Resources in Niger” project.  The Senegal-based Regional USAID ...
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English Language Club Cultural Evening

On June 21st the English Language Club of Niamey (ELCN) celebrated its 24th anniversary with a cultural evening held at the U.S. Embassy’s American Cultural Center in Niamey. The Chargé d’ Affaires Richard Bell and Public Affairs Officer Marissa Scott attended this special occasion and delivered remarks to more than 100 members and guests.  The ...
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