Niger is one of the project pilot countries in West Africa. The project activities are coordinated by CBM.

In Niger we will focus on capacity building for Organisations of Persons with Disabilities to allow for their active involvement in humanitarian response and coordination

Current activity: Mapping of humanitarian capacities of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and Disability-focused NGOs in Niger.


Niger covers an area of 1,267,000 km, two-thirds of which is desert or semi-desert. Niger has a total population of about 24,5 Million people, from which at least 3,7 Mio people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has its roots partly in the persistent security crisis, fuelled by climate change, pre-existing socio-economic vulnerabilities and growing instability in neighbouring countries Nigeria and Burkina Faso. An increase in droughts and seasonal floods leads to more internal displacement and exacerbates conflicts over land and food. Armed groups target farmers and civilians in several regions of the country.  

CBM has been active in Niger since 1976. The focus of its work has shifted from purely medical services to greater consideration of livelihood approaches and disability mainstreaming activities. In humanitarian aid, CBM has expanded activities and has been working on disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Niger since 2016/17, primarily in the Diffa region.

Disability-Inclusion in Humanitarian Response 

While some selective improvements have been made, the overall response remains inadequate in terms of disability-inclusion. The availability of reliable disaggregated data as well as concrete implementation remain insufficient. The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2022 estimates that 4,2% of the targeted population is made up of persons with disabilities, which is not even coming close to the estimated global average of 15% and data that CBM has collected in some of its field operations (an average of 12%). 

Updates from all Pilot Countries

Somaliland Launches an Interactive Way of Learning

By Heidi Villikka|4. January 2023

As part of the Leave No One Behind! project activities, our Somaliland country team organized 3 days of Review, Adapt, Action and Learning (RAAL) laboratory workshop in Hargeisa in December 2022. This was attended by protection cluster partners, including local non-governmental organizations (LNGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs). The RAAL […]

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Project Launch in Somalia and Somaliland

By Heidi Villikka|7. December 2022

On 12th and 17th October 2022, HI’s Somalia Team organized kick-off workshops in Hargeisa and in Mogadishu, attended by twenty-eight protection cluster partners, including national non-governmental organizations (NNGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and United Nations agencies (UN). The main objective of the workshops was to launch the Phase 3 […]

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