LuxDev started activities in Niger in 1989 as part of the technical implementation of the bilateral ICP.
LuxDev's presence in the country evolved in recent years, with portfolios in permanent growth. LuxDev’s antenna, being a branch under the responsibility of the regional office of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, evolved to an independent country office in October 2017.
With five direct employees, the Niger office oversees a portfolio of active projects of about 115 million EUR, of which 81.8 million EUR are financed by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the framework of the third ICP (ICP III) and 33.1 million EUR financed by other donors, namely Denmark and the European Union (EU) through the Emergency Trust Fund (ETF) for Africa.
2017 disbursements amounted 31.4 million EUR in the following sectors: water and sanitation, basic education, vocational training and rural development. Moreover, a project to support the public expenditure chain in four regions of the country, financed by bilateral funds, is under preparation.
In terms of geographical coverage, LuxDev's programmes funded under the ICP III operate at the national level, with the exception of the rural development programme, which targets the Dosso region, being a historical intervention area of the Luxembourg Cooperation.
The project on vocational training for rural youths who are out of school, funded by the EU's ETF, is implemented in the Zinder and Agadez regions, while the Quality of Education Support Programme (Programme d’Appui à la Qualité de l’Education - PAQUE II), financed by Switzerland, targets the Zinder, Diffa and Dosso regions.
Following the guidelines of the ICP III, interventions aim at a complete alignment with national strategies and policies as well as a delegation of the implementation of the planned actions to the national partners through a programme approach. A capacity building and technical assistance component for the benefit of the national partners at different levels (central, deconcentrated and decentralised) complements this delegation of implementation.
As modalities are strongly aligned with the national planning and execution of activities, support is planned for the creation and the operationalisation of financial multi-donor mechanisms, managed by the national counterpart according to their national procedures of public accounting and procurement: in the water and sanitation sector the joint financing mechanism (Mécanisme commun de financement) and in the education and vocational training sector the Common Fund for the Education Sector (Fonds commun pour le secteur de l’éducation (FCSE)).