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

CBM Supports the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan in Cameroon

By Heidi Villikka|14. November 2023

CBM was requested by UN-OCHA Cameroon to support the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) development in order to include the perspective and needs of persons with disabilities. CBM project officer in Cameroon, Barbara Ngeah Achwe took part in the HNO development workshops on October 10th and October 27th in Maroua and in Buea for the Northwest […]

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LNOB at the Humanitarian Congress Berlin: Promoting Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Shedding Light on Neglected Crises  

By Sabrina Ebert|13. November 2023

The project „Phase 3 – Leave no one behind!“ was once again present at the 25th  Humanitarian Congress Berlin (HCB) – as accessibility partner with technical and financial support, with a stand and a panel on inclusive humanitarian action in the forgotten crisis of South Sudan.  This year’s HCB took place under the theme “Out […]

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