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. Political Officer Adam Weise presided over the ceremony and gave remarks. Funding for the projects came through the following Embassy programs: The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund, the Democracy and Human Rights Fund, the Julia Taft Fund, Niger Integrated Gender Equality Promotion and Local Solutions Project, Niger Fiscal Transparency Training and Promotion and Strengthening of the Capacity of Nigerien Judges and Magistrates. We wish the grantees the best of luck in their endeavors and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor!!!