Embassy Fact Sheets

In Niger, chronic food insecurity and infectious diseases have resulted in some of the highest rates of malnutrition and mortality in the world. More than 47 percent of children under 5 years of age are chronically undernourished, and the rates of acute malnutrition are well beyond the threshold for public health emergencies.
USAID programs focus on developing the capacity of government, civil society, and other important partners to improve family planning, nutrition and to mitigate infectious diseases, including malaria and emerging health threats.

USAID’s programs focus on building the capacity of government, civil society, and various other national partners to improve maternal and child health with a particular emphasis on family planning, nutrition, and infection diseases.

The second phase of the USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE-II) project contributes to improving the health, food security, and nutritional status of women and children under 5 years of age with a view to reducing the vulnerability of populations living in a situation of chronic and recurrent crises. The project also works to integrate family planning into programs that treat malnutrition and to strengthen the overall healthcare system.

USAID’s goal for maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning (FP) is to increase people’s access and use of quality care and services. To this end USAID works with community health workers, care providers, and the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health to improve care quality and the availability of medical supplies. USAID also works with youth and religious leaders to address key barriers to care and share important information with the public. In addition, USAID supports the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that can leave women with constant incontinence, shame, ostracization, and chronic health problems. Through its resilience programs, USAID promotes safe spaces for young women where they can learn about nutrition as well as sexual and reproductive health with and from their peers.

Through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), USAID and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to reduce malaria infection and death rates in the country. USAID supports Niger’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to implement the national malaria control strategy. This support also includes help to improve the NMCP’s diagnostic and treatment capacities. Support is also provided to the National Office of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Products to improve stock management for medicine, rapid diagnostic tests, and bed nets. Other divisions within the Ministry of Public Health receive help to improve disease surveillance, testing, and treatment. To prevent and control the spread of the disease, PMI supports the routine distribution of bed nets, monitors their durability, tracks insecticide resistance, and supports seasonal chemoprevention activities with a focus on children under 5 years old.

USAID is supporting Nigerien pharmaceutical management systems to improve HIV commodity security (such as drugs and testing supplies) as part of a regional initiative that includes six countries in West and Central Africa. USAID also supports the Ministry of Health to eradicate neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and lymphatic filariasis and to reinforce its capacity to detect and respond to emergent disease threats.

• Increased access to and availability of health and nutrition services
• Increased access to potable water and improved sanitation
• Improved health and nutritional practices
• Increased access to and utilization of maternal health, child health, and family planning services
• Strengthened capacity of health centers
• Strengthened primary health care services
• Reduced malaria infections and deaths
• Strengthened supply chains
• Strengthened health information system
• Improved data quality and use
• Increased capacity to detect and respond to emergent health threats
• Incorporate a youth and gender lens in program design and implementation

Christina Chappell,
Health Office Director
+227 8594 6052


The 2020-2021 local and national elections are the third time since 2011 that citizens are democratically electing new leaders, and that power will pass peacefully via elections from one president to the next. The elections are however taking place amid widespread insecurity. Niger faces persistent threats from foreign-based jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram, as well as community-based conflicts.
Since Niger’s return to democratic rule in 2011, the United States has been supporting efforts to improve governance, increase transparency, fight corruption, expand civil liberties, and build Nigeriens’ resilience to violent extremism. In addition to supporting democratic values, practices, and institutions USAID is helping the Nigerien government to: provide quality public services to its citizens; accelerate the pace of ongoing reform; and strengthen the ability of local governments to answer citizens needs and concerns.

Ahead of the 2020-2021 local, parliamentary, and presidential elections, USAID supported preparations for a peaceful democratic transition, expected to be the first-power handover from an elected civilian regime to another. USAID supported political consensus on a revised electoral code and procedures, capacity building of political parties, prevention of electoral disputes and or violence, voter education, as well as capacity building for the national election commission on administration and planning.

To improve people’s and communities’ ability to enact change and demand more responsive governance, USAID focuses on citizen mobilization, advocacy, and dialogue with the government. USAID also works with government agencies to transfer planning, resource allocation, and management responsibilities to the local government levels. To ensure that policies and reforms are inclusive and reflect the needs of all Nigeriens, USAID supports non-governmental actors to better communicate their priorities. As part of its regional resilience strengthening program, USAID is assisting local governments to build and improve their disaster risk reduction and natural resource management capacities. USAID is expanding women’s participation in local decision-making. It also supports partnerships that can improve gender-responsive service delivery in areas affected by violence and insecurity.

USAID is helping the people of Niger to know their rights and have better access to justice. This includes engagement with customary conflict mediation mechanisms and the formal justice system to resolve disputes, allowing citizens and communities to peacefully resolve conflicts, settle long-standing grievances or address human rights violations. Especially in areas prone to violent extremism, this is critical to slow the spread of radicalism and violent conflicts.
With a view to improving the security of communities in areas affected by conflict, USAID brings together local influencers, opinion leaders, government security forces, and citizens. It then helps these varied actors to peacefully communicate and address ongoing sources of tension. At the national level, USAID assisted the Nigerien government in developing its first national strategy for countering violent extremism and developing solutions to improve security and reduce conflicts. To reduce the risk of Nigerien youth being recruited by violent extremist groups, USAID is working with the government to increase youth participation in the country’s political and economic life and ensure access to justice in conflict zones.

• Ensure more consensual, transparent, and inclusive elections and political processes
• Improved responsiveness of the government to citizen needs in priority sectors
• Support for governance reforms and cross-sectoral collaboration in advancing resilience
• Increased capacity of citizens and non-governmental actors to take collective action
• Increased civic participation, specifically of youth, women and girls, in community governance
• Addressing drivers of violent extremism and supporting community peace building.
CONTACT: Asta M. Zinbo, DRG/Conflict Office Director, Niamey, Niger, azinbo@usaid.gov


Niger regularly experiences low and variable rainfalls, land degradation, deforestation, and desertification. Most Nigeriens depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, and frequent droughts in the region often lead to food shortages. The resulting chronic food insecurity and a high prevalence of infectious diseases have led Niger to record some of the highest malnutrition and mortality rates in the world.
More than 47 percent of children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition. According to the United Nations World Food Program’s estimates, more than 1.9 million people in Niger were affected by severe food insecurity in 2020. Another 1.5 million are estimated to be chronically food insecure, and millions more experience periodic food shortages during the lean season.

USAID food security programs in Niger are designed to spur more opportunities for employment, contribute to regional food security and stability, and help people rise out of extreme poverty and recover from recurring shocks.
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USAID is supporting Niger’s agriculture sector with a focus on the most vulnerable. Under the
Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE II) program and other regional activities, USAID is working on
several fronts: increased access to credit; more economic opportunities; improved natural resource and
soil management; increased farming production; and better access to nutritious foods.
In addition, USAID is working with farmer groups to improve the competitiveness and inclusiveness of
three value chains: cowpeas (a type of bean similar to black-eyed peas), small ruminants (such goats and
sheep), and poultry.

USAID is reducing food insecurity in Niger through a combination of emergency humanitarian and
development assistance. USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, in collaboration with other
development activities under the RISE II project, form the core of the food security program in Niger.
USAID designed these projects in response to a pattern of repeated crises. These have been taking
place over the past several decades because local populations do not have the means to prevent, go
through, and recover from are commonly referred to as shocks. Shock types vary but they typically
include natural catastrophes such as floods, droughts, and storms, or man-made crises such as political
unrest or violent extremism. One’s ability to prevent, go through, and rebound from shocks is called
The RISE II project addresses the causes of people’s and communities’ chronic vulnerability to shocks by
increasing their resilience. This can be done by helping them develop more and better ways to make a
living, and improve their overall health and nutrition.

• Reduced malnutrition in target areas,
• Reduced vulnerability and need for humanitarian assistance,
• Reduced food insecurity through increased food and water availability and improved livelihoods,
• Improved productivity in the agriculture sector and livestock industries,
• Increased representation of women and youth in food and nutrition activities at the community

Jo Lesser-Oltheten
Mission Director
Phone: (+227) 85 94 63 42
Kimberly Woods
Niger Desk Office
Email: kwoods@usaid.gov

Officer of Security Cooperation- Niger


Provide military advice to Chief of Mission; Plan, coordinate, and execute COM’s Security Assistance programs in coordination with USAFRICOM; Enhance Nigerien military capacity to grow and sustain a professional force, counter regional threats and criminal activities, and contribute to peacekeeping operations through Security Force Assistance,



                                                                                                                FY17               FY18               FY19            FY20            FY21

Foreign Military Financing                                                            $13M              $-0-                $-0-               $-0-                 $-0-

International Military Education & Training                          $810K             $834K             $1.1M           $800K            $800K

2282/CTPF/333/HA                                                                          $17.5M           $9.5M             $4.5M           $6M               $2.5M

PKO (AMEP/GPOI/SGI/TSCTP/ARCT)                                    $50M              $4.2M             $13.1M         $25.1M         $12M

Military to Military Engagements                                                $80K               $92K               $90K             $95K              $194K


Aviation Capacity Building

  • C-130 program: $45M program includes (1) EDA C-130 wing swap and (1) complete WC-130, with an additional $13M for training and maintenance support; US provided (2) Cessna 208s for aerial MEDEVAC/CASEVAC.
  • Aviation Professional Military Training (Air War College); Air Advisor, C-208 Field Service Rep; future programs focused on sustaining & maintaining A/C and building logistical and maintenance processes & SOPs.
  • Agadez QRF train/equip to provide base security for AB201
  • Infrastructure: C-130 Hangar on AB201; hangar refurbishment and warehouse construction on AB101, Niamey

C4ISR Enterprise Management

  • S. provided (2) Cessna-208 ISR A/C with follow-on training and A/C maintenance support & spare parts.
  • Command & Control (C2) Node Development: $16M program provided a command center in Niamey with a deployable tactical operations center, and comms equipment. C2 Node expands ISR footprint on previously delivered A/C & equipment & improves ground communication. DoD funded ISR/AGI Advisor for FY21.

Logistics and Maintenance Capacity Building

  • Train-and-equip case for (2) Logistics Companies (both currently forward deployed in Niger)
  • Embedded technical Field Service Representatives (FSR) for Mamba maintenance and Communications
  • SGI logistics initiatives; provide maintenance/supply infrastructure in Niamey and FOBs

Special Operation Forces Development

  • CTPF funding provided $41M for CT Train-and-equip case for (4) Nigerien Defense Force CT battalions and support to SOF Training Center (CEFS).
  • NAVSCIATTS training for Nigerien SOF 1st Amphibious Company operating in Lake Chad Basin (6 mudboats).

Professionalizing the Force (IMET/M2M)

  • One of the top African recipients of IMET funds. (123) Nigerien Officers conducted training in U.S since FY16, to include Army and Air War College, Command and General Staff, Air Command & Staff, and CTFP Fellowships.
  • Mil-to-Mil engagements focused on CASEVAC, Medical, and logistics.
  • SGI- largest program in Africa; workshops focused on developing strategic framework, human & financial resource management, logistics, and communication of security policies to the public.
  • Women, Peace, & Security: New initiative focused on increasing diversity and roles of women in the Defense Force

C-IED/Battlefield Collection Capacity Building: USARAF led C-IED/EOD/HMA training focused on improving C-IED capacity and battlefield evidence collection.

G5 Sahel: $21.39M provided for APCs, log support vehicles, radios, individual equipment, Vehicle & Comm Advisors.

Humanitarian Assistance: Civil Affairs team in Agadez focused on building relations with Agadez township, ie: school refurbishment, cash for work programs, and solar power technology training.

PKO: ACOTA pre-deployment training for Nigerien BN’s deploying in support of MINUSMA; PKOTC facilities upgrades.

OTHER DOD ORGANIZATIONS IN NIGER: Indiana National Guard (INNG): State Partnership Program est. 2017. Focused on logistics, maintenance, basic training, and medical development; SOFLE/SOLO; AB101/201; MIST/CMSE

TREATIES/FACILITIES ACCESS AGREEMENT: SOFA (est. 2013), ASCA (est. 2013), Intel sharing (2014), A/ISR (2018); CSL Niamey (2013) and Agadez (2016).


Niger is an emerging democracy landlocked in the Sahel, an increasingly unstable region facing numerous threats such as terrorism and climate change. Despite economic growth driven by the expansion of extractive industries, and recent progress in reducing poverty, broad-based development has been hampered by poor infrastructure, extremely low education levels, and multiple concurrent climatic shocks such as droughts and floods.
Economic progress is being further challenged by the highest fertility rate in the world (7 per woman), which is set to double the population size over the next twenty years. These hurdles, coupled with the increasing presence of violence, crime, and extremism, particularly along the border regions with neighboring Mali, Libya, and Nigeria, put Niger at risk of a reversal of its recent development gains. Niger is also grappling with a significant influx of refugees fleeing conflicts in the region, particularly in Nigeria and Mali.

Over 80 percent of Nigeriens rely on subsistence agriculture to meet their daily needs. The region’s increasingly frequent climatic shocks, such as droughts and floods, lead to poor harvests and regular food shortages. USAID helps individuals, communities, and governments in Niger to better cope with recurrent crises, increase income levels, strengthen governance, sustainably manage natural resources, and improve health and nutrition. To make communities more resilient to food insecurity, USAID works to improve livestock, resource management, and agricultural practices with a view to supporting inclusive economic growth for the benefit of all Nigeriens. USAID’s programs enhance the ability of stakeholders to make more informed decisions in four areas: agriculture and food security; water resources and hydroclimatic disasters; weather and climate; and land cover and land use change and ecosystems.

USAID supports the Government of Niger’s efforts to more effectively respond to citizen concerns and needs. In doing so, USAID focuses on citizen mobilization, advocacy, and dialogue with the government to improve a community’s ability to enact change and demand more responsive governance. USAID is also encouraging cooperation among the legislature, civil society, and local governments to increase citizen participation in governance, particularly in areas vulnerable to violent extremism. Ahead of the 2021 national elections, USAID is promoting a peaceful democratic transition and the first-ever power handover from a civilian regime to another through free, fair, and inclusive elections. These programs promote consensus on the revised electoral code and the electoral processes itself while strengthening key institutions to effectively administer elections.

In Niger, more than 47 percent of children under 5 years of age are chronically undernourished, and the rates of acute malnutrition are well beyond the threshold for public health emergencies. Malaria accounts for 50 percent of deaths among children under 5. In addition, Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world. Left unchecked, Niger’s rapid population growth will further undermine the effective delivery of health services and weaken the resilience of the most vulnerable people in the country. USAID programs focus on developing the capacity of government, civil society, and other important partners to improve family planning, nutrition, and mitigate infectious diseases, including malaria and emerging health threats.

71 percent of Niger’s population is illiterate and only 54 percent of female primary school students reach 6th grade. USAID has contributed to the Government of Niger’s ambitious national education program with activities that have contributed to progress in the sector. This includes improved reading skills in local languages for primary school students; an improved school environment, especially for girls; increased parental engagement; and strengthened community linkages with education leaders.

Niger faces security threats from internal and external extremist groups and continues to be a major focus of the Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Partnership that USAID implements throughout the Sahel. USAID is also helping the Nigerien government as well as local partners to create economic opportunities. In addition, USAID supports the civic and political participation of Nigerien youth to undermine extremist messages and encourage stability in Niger and the region.

USAID is providing emergency humanitarian assistance to Niger with activities designed to support agriculture, livelihoods, food security, health, WASH, and nutrition. This life-saving assistance supports people’s recovery from food insecurity while reinforcing their capacity to cope with future emergencies. An estimated 3.4 million Nigeriens are food-insecure and approximately 1.3 million children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition.

USAID is supporting Nigerien pharmaceutical management systems to improve HIV commodity security (such as drugs and testing supplies) as part of a regional initiative that includes six countries in West and Central Africa. USAID also supports the Ministry of Health to eradicate neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and lymphatic filariasis and to reinforce its capacity to detect and respond to emergent disease threats.
USAID/Niger’s activities are complemented by a suite of regional activities led by USAID/Senegal’s Sahel Regional Office, its Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office, and the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission in Ghana who share the management responsibility for programs in Niger.


Jo Lesser-Oltheten
Mission Director
Phone: (+227) 85 94 63 42

Kimberly Woods
Niger Desk Office
Email: kwoods@usaid.gov



Sustainable Water and Agriculture Compact

The five-year, $437 million Sustainable Water and Agriculture Compact with the Republic of Niger, which officially began on January 26, 2018, has the goal of reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth for the people of Niger.  The compact seeks to address two major constraints to economic growth: (i) lack of access to water for productive uses, which inhibits agricultural productivity and household food security; and (ii) institutional and physical barriers to trade, including poor road networks and dilapidated market infrastructure, which create high transaction costs and lower sales volume. The compact is working to overcome these constraints with two projects: Irrigation and Market Access and Climate-Resilient Communities.  These two projects aim to increase rural incomes through both greater agricultural production and yields, and through increased value and sales for agricultural products.  These projects are being implemented in the southwestern regions of Dosso, Tahoua, Tillaberi and Maradi. MCC estimates they will directly benefit approximately 3.9 million Nigeriens.

Irrigation and the Market Access Project: [$254.6 million]

The compact’s Irrigation and the Market Access Project will improve access to irrigation through the rehabilitation and development of large- and small-scale irrigation systems for smallholder farmers. Access to irrigation equips communities to increase crop yields as well as fish and livestock production. The project also upgrades road networks to significantly improve access to markets and services, and it establishes market platforms to competitively position farmer groups in the marketplace and provide technical support to farmers, especially women and youth, to improve performance of their businesses. To ensure sustainability, the project will strengthen local capacities to apply best practices to use and maintain irrigation, road and market infrastructure.

In addition, the project is working to reform policies and institutions, including capacity development of national water resource monitoring and management, privatization of the national fertilizer distribution system, and creation and operationalization of national roads maintenance entities to ensure effective management of the country’s roads network. Moreover, the project strengthens the Government’s capacities in statistics and data management.

Climate-Resilient Communities Project: [$96.5 million]

The Climate-Resilient Communities Project, implemented in coordination with the World Bank, is designed to increase climate resilience for small-scale agriculture and livestock-dependent families in rural Niger. The project improves small-scale agriculture by providing farmer field schools, removing invasive plant species, and strengthening agroforestry practices. To improve livestock productivity, the project is restoring the boundaries, water points, and pasture quality of four livestock corridors so herders can graze and transport their livestock more efficiently. The project is also modernizing rural livestock markets to increase herder income. Recognizing the importance of animal health, the project is establishing new rural veterinary clinics, funds national vaccination campaigns annually and, in terms of policy reforms, works for the establishment a national livestock vaccination sustainability fund.

Finally, the Climate Resilient Communities Project includes two grant facilities. The first facility being implemented by the U.S. African Development Foundation provides modest grants to dozens of small agrobusinesses owned primarily by women and youth. The second facility provides larger grants to a few mainstream businesses to advance fertilizer distribution across the country and new technology for food

Le Niger se Lève

Of the people, By the people, For the people



Le Niger se Lève describes all the efforts of U.S. Embassy Niger as it partners with Nigeriens to bring about a better future.  This important work encompasses activities in agriculture, education, entrepreneurship, communications, security, and more.

We sincerely believe that Niger is on the rise.  As partners, we commit to working together to continue a positive trend.  Here are just a few examples of our ongoing efforts:

  • With our Nigerien partners, we launched the $437 million Millennium Challenge Compact, which will improve millions of lives through better access to water, advances in agricultural practices, and improvement in roads for market access.
  • With an investment of nearly $200 million per year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports programs for improved agricultural production; food security; humanitarian assistance; better health care; advancing democracy, human rights and good governance; conflict prevention and management; education; and economic growth.
  • Through the Department of Defense and Department of State, we partner on flagship security-enhancing programs for aviation capacity building, intelligence and surveillance, advancements in logistics and maintenance practices, training and professionalizing the Nigerien Armed Forces, and enhancing police and law enforcement.
  • Our public affairs section trains bloggers and journalists, engages hundreds of girls in sports and leadership initiatives, assists entrepreneurs, and sends young people and professionals to the United States on nearly 70 exchanges each year.

We know that there are still many challenges for Niger.  However, we remain optimistic in wanting to see a more prosperous future.  As strong partners, we are closer to achieving our goals and able to do more together than apart.

The U.S. Embassy’s Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) is a collaboratively produced roadmap designed to meet American policy and program goals in partnership with the Government of Niger.  Employing a “4D” approach using democracy, diplomacy, defense, and development tools, we pursue three main goals:

Goal 1: Strengthen democracy, human rights, and good governance in Niger

We support programs that engage government, non-government, civil society, and community members to increase the transparency and accountability of government institutions in responding to citizen needs.  Through our Political and Public Affairs Sections and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we partner with civil society organizations that promote fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and of the press, civil liberties, and the rights of the vulnerable.  Additionally, we support efforts that encourage free and fair elections in 2021and the transparency of government operations.

Goal 2: Strengthen Niger’s capacity to counter regional threats and criminal activity

We partner with the security forces and citizens of Niger to build Niger’s capacity to deter regional threats and counter violent extremism.  Since 2012, the Department of Defense and the State Department have provided Niger with more than $350 million in military assistance equipment and training programs, one of the largest programs in sub-Saharan Africa.  Specific support includes $25 million in Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA), aviation capacity building, and to the continued professionalization of Niger’s security forces.  Our work also extends beyond military partnerships, bringing together government institutions, security forces, and civil society leaders to collaborate on strategies that reduce vulnerability and bolster internal stability.

Goal 3: Increase inclusive and sustainable economic growth

A strong economy yields multiple benefits, including improved delivery of health care, education, sustainability of natural resources, youth employment, support for vulnerable populations, and other services.  This vital development goal is achieved as our Economics Section encourages trade with the United States; the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $437 million initiative improves agricultural infrastructure and market access; our Public Affairs Section offers academic exchanges and training in entrepreneurship; and USAID promotes improvements in agriculture and food security, education, and global health.

Our comprehensive and integrated roadmap is being implemented by many committed Nigerien and Americans working together to fulfill a common vision:  a better future for the people of Niger.

U.S. Government’s Response to COVID-19 in Niger

Working together with the Government of Niger to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has, to date, donated nearly $12.1 million dollars to fight this pandemic.  This assistance includes $750,000 for health assistance and $8 million in international disaster and humanitarian assistance for risk-communications, the prevention and control of infectious diseases in health facilities, emergency food assistance, and coordination; and more than $3.3 million in migration and refugee assistance will support vulnerable people in Niger during the pandemic, including refugees, vulnerable migrants, and host communities.

  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $4 million dollars for Niger in health and humanitarian assistance for risk communication, infection prevention and control, coordination, and other support to help fight COVID-19.
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees has awarded over $2.6 million dollars to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration, and International Committee of the Red Cross for the response to COVID-19, including for the construction and furnishing of quarantine and isolation tents in various regions throughout the country and inclusion of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in the COVID-19 National Plan.
  • USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives has contributed $100,000 dollars in urgently needed supplies to the Ministry of Public Health towards Niger’s COVID-19 National Plan.
  • The Defense Attaché’s Office of Security Cooperation in cooperation with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) advocated for and received $15,000 dollars to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Nigerien defense and security forces.
  • S. military personnel stationed at Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez facilitated the donation to the Agadez regional hospital of a tent to be used as a quarantine space in the event it’s needed and also donated medical supplies including hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, boot covers, and five handwashing stations.
  • Niger is one of more than 60 countries that received kits, each containing more than 2,000 COVID-19 tests, at the beginning of May funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

This assistance comes on top of more than $2 billion in total U.S. Government investments for Niger in the past 20 years, nearly $233 million for health.  The United States is committed to helping Niger build a resilient health care system that can prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks such as this shared pandemic in order to make the world more healthy, peaceful, and prosperous.

2021-01-21 COVID-19 Fact Sheet English PDF (199KB)

U.S. Embassy Diplomacy Efforts in Niger:

Building on Our Partnership


Through diplomacy, the United States maintains a strong relationship with the Republic of Niger.  Our partnership began with the birth of Niger in the 1960s, was memorialized by the construction of Niamey’s John F. Kennedy Bridge in the 1970s, nurtured through hundreds of programs throughout the decades, and continues to the present day.  The United States – as represented by our diplomats and diplomatic programs – touches Nigeriens from all walks of life.  We are proud to promote our shared democratic values while working toward a more secure and thriving future. You’ll find our diplomats working in:

Economic Affairs

The Economic Affairs Section safeguards and promotes economic and trade partnerships between the U.S. and Niger, as well as the West African region.  The section is responsible for a range of issues including commerce, economic development, public finance, money and banking, energy, foreign direct investment, telecommunications, and transportation.  The section also works to enhance market access to the U.S. for Niger and many other Sub-Saharan African countries through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Political Affairs

The Political Affairs Section builds cooperative relationships with officials, parliamentarians, politicians, academic institutions, civil society leaders, and foreign diplomats. It also collaborates with civil society and other organizations and provides self-help grants to individuals and groups working to improve Niger’s future.  Additionally, Political Affairs issues the congressionally mandated Country Report on Human Rights, the Trafficking in Persons Report, and the International Religious Freedom Report, all of which are available on our Embassy website (ne.usembassy.gov).

Public Affairs

Public Affairs is involved in U.S. Embassy outreach with many stakeholders.  The section works with international, U.S., and Nigerien media to ensure accurate reporting on issues relating to the U.S. and Niger.  Additionally, the staff manages exchange opportunities for Nigerien students, academics, and leaders through programs such as Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).  Moreover, the section engages with the Nigerien public through cultural, women’s and youth programs, including soccer and other sports programs, music festivals, training in film and social media, and more.

Consular Affairs

The Consular Affairs section provides three primary types of service.  Staff issues non-immigrant visas to qualifying individuals seeking to enter the United States for temporary official business or tourism travel.  Additionally, immigrant visas are issued for applicants eligible to immigrate to the United States.  The section also assists American citizens living abroad by processing passport applications, issuing emergency passports, providing notarial services, handling reports of birth, adoption, and death abroad, and providing emergency services for Americans in distress.

Our Partnerships

To broaden our efforts, we also collaborate with other diplomats and non-governmental organizations to help the Nigerien people.  Among our partners are the European Union, other foreign embassies, the United Nations, Care International, Save the Children, PeaceTech, and Search for Common Ground, to name a few.  In addition to our work with the Government of Niger, we partner with non-governmental organizations, including La Maison de la Presse, Conseil National de la Jeunesse, SAFEM, and more.

Working Hand-in-Hand with U.S. Development and Defense Efforts

The Embassy’s diplomacy teams complement colleagues engaged in helping effect positive change through development and defense.  Our U.S. military and other defense teams partner with Nigerien military and police throughout the country.  USAID invests nearly $200 million annually to address food security, humanitarian aid, health, human rights, crisis intervention and education in Niger, and the five-year $437 million Millennium Challenge Compact was recently launched to reduce poverty and significantly increase economic opportunities for Nigeriens.

By the Numbers

  • Since 2007, U.S. exchanges have included nearly 200 International Visitor Leadership Program participants, 57 Nelson Mandela Fellows, 55 Fulbright visiting students, nine Fulbright African Scholars, eight Hubert Humphrey Fellows, and 23 Sports Visitor participants.
  • There are more than 2,000 young adults participating in Niger’s expansive Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) network.
  • Since 2007, the Embassy has managed $740,000 in small grants for improving opportunities for women and youth, and $175,000 via the Julia Taft for Refugee Assistance program.
  • Two Nigeriens, Major Aichatou Issaka Ousmane (2017) and Hadizatou Mani (2009), have been awarded the Department of State’s prestigious Women of Courage Award.
  • Six hundred Nigeriens work in a wide range of roles within the U.S. Embassy, and more than 500 are helping construct our new Embassy building.
  • There are four American Spaces in Niamey, Zinder, Agadez, and Maradi. All provide cultural and educational programs and access to books, journals, and the Internet.

2021-01-21 Diplomacy Fact Sheet English

U.S. Defense and Security in Niger:

Enhancing Our Partner’s Capacity


The Department of Defense (DoD), working through U.S. Africa Command, partners with the Government of Niger to bolster and maintain its ability to provide for the security and safety of Nigeriens.  The U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Office (DAO) and Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) coordinate U.S. security assistance with Niger through joint training exercises and operations.  Our goal is to enable the Nigerien security forces, primarily the Forces Armées Nigériennes (FAN), to develop and sustain a professional security force, counter regional threats and criminal activities, and contribute to peacekeeping operations.

Since 2012, the DoD and the Department of State have provided Niger more than $500 million in military assistance equipment and training programs – one of the largest security assistance and training programs in sub-Saharan Africa.  The U.S. considers the FAN a professional partner and valued ally in our common goal to improve the security of Nigeriens.  In support of our partnership with the FAN and assistance in the region, the U.S. Air Force built an 1,800-meter runway at Nigerien Air Base 201 (AB 201) in Agadez from which the Nigerien Air Force will conduct regional support operations along with the DoD.  The American presence at Nigerien Air Base 101 (AB 101) in Niamey and AB 201 provides an opportunity for Nigerien and U.S. armed forces to train and work side-by-side.

To further assist the Nigerien people, we work with Nigerien military counterparts, U.S. Civil Affairs Teams at AB 101 and AB 201 have accomplished more than 1,000 civil engagements with local schools, women’s groups, and civilian leadership, helping improve public understanding and appreciation of our joint security operations.

Our flagship partnerships include:

  • Aviation Capacity Building: The United States provides training and maintenance support for the Nigerien Air Force’s $52 million C-130 and Cessna-208 aerial medical evacuation programs.  In addition, the United States has arranged for professional Nigerien military aviation training (including opportunities to attend the Air Force Academy and Air War College in the United States).
  • Command, Control, Computers and Communications/Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR): The United States has contributed $16 million for development of a FAN Command and Control Node, as well as the operation of two C-208s specifically dedicated to expand Niger’s military intelligence and surveillance capabilities.
  • Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA): Since 2010, more than $25 million has been allocated to help Nigerien National Police, National Gendarmerie, and National Guard forces improve law enforcement, border security, and civilian safety through counter-terrorism training, mentorship, and equipment.
  • Logistics and Maintenance Capacity Building: The United States has provided training and equipment for two logistics companies, built two vehicle maintenance facilities, and provided vehicles, fuel training and fuel storage equipment. The U.S. is also dedicated to assisting with the institutional development of the FAN’s logistics enterprise by providing a full-time logistics advisor.
  • Professionalizing the Force: Funding since 2016 for international military education and training has allowed 307 Nigerien FAN officers and enlisted to attend advanced and basic professional training in the United States.  The Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a long-term capacity-building program, is also helping the FAN deepen its professional capabilities by assisting the development of a national security framework and improved logistics, financial management, and personnel management programs, as well as improved communication of security policies to the public.  Besides improved capacity, SGI seeks to promote transparency and accountability in the FAN’s management.
  • Peacekeeping Operations: The U.S. provides pre-deployment training and equipment for two Nigerien Battalions comprised of 800 soldiers that deploy in support of the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. The U.S. has also provided significant infrastructure upgrades and additions to the Ouallam Peacekeeping Training Center.
  • Counter-Improvised Explosive Devise (C-IED) Techniques: US Army Africa training has enhanced the FAN’s C-IED explosive ordnance disposal and humanitarian mine action abilities through a train-the-trainer program making the program self-sufficient.
  • Flintlock: The U.S. supports Niger’s participation in annual joint exercises with other west- and north-African countries developing the capacity of and collaboration among African, European, and North American security forces to protect civilian populations.
  • Women, Peace, and Security: Niger is on the forefront of increasing opportunities for women to serve in its Defense & Security Forces.  The OSC has established a benchmark program to improve awareness, increase recruitment, and highlight success stories.

Additionally, the U.S. supports training exchange programs through our International Visitor Leadership Program and the State Partnership Program with the Indiana National Guard.

Through these and other programs, the United States continues to be a strong and committed partner conducting joint and regional operations to counter terrorism, sustain peace, and enhance security in the Sahel.

2021-01-21 Defense Fact Sheet English PDF(204 KB)

The U.S. Embassy’s Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) is a collaboratively produced roadmap designed to meet American policy and program goals in partnership with the Government of Niger.


American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (PDF 397 KB)

ASHA provides assistance to overseas schools, libraries, and hospital centers to highlight American ideas and practices, to provide concrete illustrations of the generosity of the American people, to further U.S. Government public diplomacy, and to catalyze collaboration between U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries.

The Denton Program

The purpose of the Denton Program is to allow U.S. based non-governmental sources to transport humanitarian aid at little or no cost to the donor, while simultaneously putting the extra space on U.S. military transport assets to good use. This program is jointly administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD). Transportation is generally available to close destinations such as Latin and South America; however, the availability of transportation to particular countries is affected by current military and political situations. Transportation can neither be scheduled nor guaranteed; and therefore, cannot be used to meet urgent needs or deadlines.