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

Training for Country Directors and Programme Managers on Inclusive Humanitarian Action in Cameroon

By Heidi Villikka|6. June 2023

High level training on mainstreaming disability in humanitarian action by operationalizing the IASC guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with disabilities conducted under the “Phase 3 – Leave No One Behind!” -project in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 29th to 31st May 2023. Our project partner CBM organized a 3-day training on inclusive humanitarian action to strengthen […]

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Unveiling “Phase 3 – Leave no one behind!” to International and Local Humanitarian Actors in Kyaka II, Kyegegwa and Kampala in Uganda 

By Heidi Villikka|31. May 2023

In Uganda, persons with disabilities are among the most excluded from humanitarian assistance. The stigmatisation in the community, combined with the limited capacity of humanitarian actors to include persons with disabilities in programming and coordination, exacerbates vulnerability and further exclusion. To foster disability-inclusion in humanitarian action through localizing the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on […]

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