Niger

Country Niger
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Kanuri, Zarma & Tamasheq

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Introduction

Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution and dissolved the Cabinet, and promised that elections would be held following a transitional period of unspecified duration. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. A predominately Tuareg ethnic group emerged in February 2007, the Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 limited the rebels' operational capabilities.

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Niger: Italy and WHO help strengthen health facilities for migrants and vulnerable populations - World Health OrganizationNiger: Italy and WHO help strengthen health facilities for migrants and vulnerable populations  World Health Organization

UNHCR Niger Update: Sahel Situation, September 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebUNHCR Niger Update: Sahel Situation, September 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

UNHCR Update Maradi Emergency, September 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebUNHCR Update Maradi Emergency, September 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

Flooding in Niger Kills Dozens, Displaces Thousands - Voice of AmericaFlooding in Niger Kills Dozens, Displaces Thousands  Voice of America

IS group claims August killing of French aid workers in Niger - FRANCE 24 EnglishIS group claims August killing of French aid workers in Niger  FRANCE 24 English

Turkey conveys condolences to Niger over deadly floods - Anadolu AgencyTurkey conveys condolences to Niger over deadly floods  Anadolu Agency

Niger probe: Soldiers executed dozens of civilians - DW (English)Niger probe: Soldiers executed dozens of civilians  DW (English)

Follow Up: Leather Maestro From Niger Strives To Keep Dreams Alive : Goats and Soda - NPRFollow Up: Leather Maestro From Niger Strives To Keep Dreams Alive : Goats and Soda  NPR

Niger: 83 irregular migrants rescued in Sahara Desert - Anadolu AgencyNiger: 83 irregular migrants rescued in Sahara Desert  Anadolu Agency

WFP Niger Country Brief, August 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebWFP Niger Country Brief, August 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger: 80 civil servants sacked for fraud - Anadolu AgencyNiger: 80 civil servants sacked for fraud  Anadolu Agency

Niger: Fear of terror and the military - DW (English)Niger: Fear of terror and the military  DW (English)

Giraffe haven in Niger faces uncertain future after attack - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta PostGiraffe haven in Niger faces uncertain future after attack - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

Niger celebrates as Nasa hires 29-year old local hero - The Africa ReportNiger celebrates as Nasa hires 29-year old local hero  The Africa Report

Nigeria: FEC approves USD 1.96 billion for development of Kano-Niger rail line - DevdiscourseNigeria: FEC approves USD 1.96 billion for development of Kano-Niger rail line  Devdiscourse

Niger holds firm on plan to build solar park at diesel-fueled thermal plant - pv magazine InternationalNiger holds firm on plan to build solar park at diesel-fueled thermal plant  pv magazine International

The reasons behind this year's massive floods of the Niger River - Africanews EnglishThe reasons behind this year's massive floods of the Niger River  Africanews English

Connecting Niger's Population to Opportunities - Niger - ReliefWebConnecting Niger's Population to Opportunities - Niger  ReliefWeb

UNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report No. 7: 1-31 July 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebUNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report No. 7: 1-31 July 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

Flooding in Niger kills 45, displaces more than 226,000 - Washington PostFlooding in Niger kills 45, displaces more than 226,000  Washington Post

Niger: human rights defenders still unjustly detained for more than six months - Amnesty InternationalNiger: human rights defenders still unjustly detained for more than six months  Amnesty International

Several districts of Niger capital flooded - Africanews EnglishSeveral districts of Niger capital flooded  Africanews English

Niger giraffe reserve faces uncertain future after attack | Daily Sabah - Daily SabahNiger giraffe reserve faces uncertain future after attack | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Niger: Floods - Jul 2020 - ReliefWebNiger: Floods - Jul 2020  ReliefWeb

Coping with floods in Niger - Niger - ReliefWebCoping with floods in Niger - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger floods kill 51, drive thousands from their homes - cgtn.comNiger floods kill 51, drive thousands from their homes  cgtn.com

How one beverage company built its own market in Niger - CNNHow one beverage company built its own market in Niger  CNN

Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham Travel to Mauritania, France, and Niger - US Embassy in Mauritania - USEmbassy.govSpecial Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham Travel to Mauritania, France, and Niger  US Embassy in Mauritania - USEmbassy.gov

Daesh claims killing in Niger of French aid workers, guides - Arab NewsDaesh claims killing in Niger of French aid workers, guides  Arab News

Stronger with Breastmilk Only - Niger - ReliefWebStronger with Breastmilk Only - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger Brings the Voice of the Sahel Into the UN Security Council - PassBlueNiger Brings the Voice of the Sahel Into the UN Security Council  PassBlue

Niger assumes presidency of UN Security Council for September - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaNiger assumes presidency of UN Security Council for September - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Measles outbreaks in Niger linked to rainfall and temperature, study finds - Science DailyMeasles outbreaks in Niger linked to rainfall and temperature, study finds  Science Daily

IOM Launches Japan-Funded Emergency Response for Displaced Persons in Niger - Niger - ReliefWebIOM Launches Japan-Funded Emergency Response for Displaced Persons in Niger - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger APC chairman, treasurer remanded over alleged N8oom fraud - The PunchNiger APC chairman, treasurer remanded over alleged N8oom fraud  The Punch

Responding to the seasonal peak of malnutrition in Niger - Niger - ReliefWebResponding to the seasonal peak of malnutrition in Niger - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger - Floods update (UNHCR, CARE, DMN, NOAA-CPC, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 September) - Niger - ReliefWebNiger - Floods update (UNHCR, CARE, DMN, NOAA-CPC, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 September) - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - DREF Operation n MDRNE024 - Niger - ReliefWebNiger: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - DREF Operation n MDRNE024 - Niger  ReliefWeb

UNHCR Niger Factsheet: Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) - August 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebUNHCR Niger Factsheet: Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) - August 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

All hands on deck: Home-based learning in Niger State - UNICEFAll hands on deck: Home-based learning in Niger State  UNICEF

UNICEF Niger COVID-19 Situation Report No. 10 reporting period 21 July to 22 August 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebUNICEF Niger COVID-19 Situation Report No. 10 reporting period 21 July to 22 August 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

Flood ravages 36 communities in Niger - The Nation NewspaperFlood ravages 36 communities in Niger  The Nation Newspaper

MNC Investment in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Building Smarter Strategies for Peace - Council on Foreign RelationsMNC Investment in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Building Smarter Strategies for Peace  Council on Foreign Relations

80% staff of Niger Education Ministry with forged certificates Cttee - Vanguard80% staff of Niger Education Ministry with forged certificates Cttee  Vanguard

Niger Delta Development Commission: A vision degraded - GuardianNiger Delta Development Commission: A vision degraded  Guardian

West Africa Seasonal Monitor (01-10 September 2020) - Mali - ReliefWebWest Africa Seasonal Monitor (01-10 September 2020) - Mali  ReliefWeb

Political appointments debate get heated in Niger Assembly - The Nation NewspaperPolitical appointments debate get heated in Niger Assembly  The Nation Newspaper

Massive floods in Sudan impact thousands of refugees - UNHCRMassive floods in Sudan impact thousands of refugees  UNHCR

Police officer, five others, killed in bank robbery in Niger State - Premium TimesPolice officer, five others, killed in bank robbery in Niger State  Premium Times

Forged Certificates; APC Loses House Of Representatives Seat In Niger - Daily SunForged Certificates; APC Loses House Of Representatives Seat In Niger  Daily Sun

Despite taboos many West African farmers eat wild animals - Sustainability TimesDespite taboos many West African farmers eat wild animals  Sustainability Times

New intelligence says Boko Haram stepping up child recruitment - Mission Network NewsNew intelligence says Boko Haram stepping up child recruitment  Mission Network News

Niger Assembly plenary ends in disagreement over Bill on Character Commission - Daily Post NigeriaNiger Assembly plenary ends in disagreement over Bill on Character Commission  Daily Post Nigeria

The "independent entrepreneurs" of the Sahel - African ArgumentsThe "independent entrepreneurs" of the Sahel  African Arguments

Niger paying salaries to 333 dead civil servants; N5bn stolen in 2 years - VanguardNiger paying salaries to 333 dead civil servants; N5bn stolen in 2 years  Vanguard

Unbelievable! 333 dead civil servants still drawing salaries in Niger state - VanguardUnbelievable! 333 dead civil servants still drawing salaries in Niger state  Vanguard

NIGER : US company Barbaricum flies to the aid of Niger's Air Force - Africa IntelligenceNIGER : US company Barbaricum flies to the aid of Niger's Air Force  Africa Intelligence

UN report takes note of policies initiatives in India to combat child forced marriages - THE WEEKUN report takes note of policies initiatives in India to combat child forced marriages  THE WEEK

Kainji Dam fake news: Matters arising - The PunchKainji Dam fake news: Matters arising  The Punch

'Niger Delta Governors View 13% Derivation Fund as Free Money ' - THISDAY Newspapers'Niger Delta Governors View 13% Derivation Fund as Free Money '  THISDAY Newspapers

Again, Floods Threaten N60bn Sugar Investments in Niger - THISDAY NewspapersAgain, Floods Threaten N60bn Sugar Investments in Niger  THISDAY Newspapers

Niger Govt denies alleged closure of federal roads - VanguardNiger Govt denies alleged closure of federal roads  Vanguard

Ex-Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu condoles NUJ over Alofetekuns death - Daily Post NigeriaEx-Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu condoles NUJ over Alofetekuns death  Daily Post Nigeria

France issues travel warning for Niger after killings - Anadolu AgencyFrance issues travel warning for Niger after killings  Anadolu Agency

Over 14M people newly displaced in 1st half of 2020 - Anadolu AgencyOver 14M people newly displaced in 1st half of 2020  Anadolu Agency

Outrage As Nigeria's Humanitarian Minister, Farouq, Uses Passenger Jet For Flood Assessment In Niger State - SaharaReporters.comOutrage As Nigeria's Humanitarian Minister, Farouq, Uses Passenger Jet For Flood Assessment In Niger State  SaharaReporters.com

Gunmen kill six French aid workers in Niger: minister - The HinduGunmen kill six French aid workers in Niger: minister  The Hindu

NIGER : CNPC once again targeted by taxman via SORAZ in run-up to election - Africa IntelligenceNIGER : CNPC once again targeted by taxman via SORAZ in run-up to election  Africa Intelligence

Allocating 13% derivation to governors fuelling Niger-Deltas crisis, Enang insists - VanguardAllocating 13% derivation to governors fuelling Niger-Deltas crisis, Enang insists  Vanguard

Court Remands Niger APC Chairman, Treasure In Correctional Center For Criminal Conspiracy and Misappropriation - Daily SunCourt Remands Niger APC Chairman, Treasure In Correctional Center For Criminal Conspiracy and Misappropriation  Daily Sun

French Aid Group Workers Among 8 Killed By Gunmen In Niger - NDTVFrench Aid Group Workers Among 8 Killed By Gunmen In Niger  NDTV

Floods, Tears and Policy - THISDAY NewspapersFloods, Tears and Policy  THISDAY Newspapers

Niger Delta will resist Water Resources Bill, says UNDEDSS - The Nation NewspaperNiger Delta will resist Water Resources Bill, says UNDEDSS  The Nation Newspaper

Niger Police nabs suspect for scamming POS operators of N1.2m - Daily Post NigeriaNiger Police nabs suspect for scamming POS operators of N1.2m  Daily Post Nigeria

Niger attacks: At least 20 killed in Tillaberi villages - BBC NewsNiger attacks: At least 20 killed in Tillaberi villages  BBC News

How Mali's coup affects the fight against jihadists - BBC NewsHow Mali's coup affects the fight against jihadists  BBC News

Attacks Targeting Aid Workers in Niger Are Latest in Worrying Spike - Voice of AmericaAttacks Targeting Aid Workers in Niger Are Latest in Worrying Spike  Voice of America

Niger: Video Shows Army Killing Wounded Men - Human Rights WatchNiger: Video Shows Army Killing Wounded Men  Human Rights Watch

The Niger Response Overview May 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebThe Niger Response Overview May 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

APC suffers heavy blow as tribunal sacks federal lawmaker over alleged certificate forgery - LegitAPC suffers heavy blow as tribunal sacks federal lawmaker over alleged certificate forgery  Legit

Hundreds of migrants stuck in Niger amid coronavirus pandemic - Al Jazeera EnglishHundreds of migrants stuck in Niger amid coronavirus pandemic  Al Jazeera English

IMF Executive Board Approves a US$114.49 Million Disbursement to Niger to address the COVID-19 Pandemic - International Monetary FundIMF Executive Board Approves a US$114.49 Million Disbursement to Niger to address the COVID-19 Pandemic  International Monetary Fund

Nigeria violence sees 23000 refugees flee into Niger in last month alone - UNHCRNigeria violence sees 23000 refugees flee into Niger in last month alone  UNHCR

Niger - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (10 Aug. 2020) - France DiplomatieNiger - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (10 Aug. 2020)  France Diplomatie

Africa File: Us Special Operations Command Africa Commander Emphasizes 'Strategic' Aims Of Al Qaeda In West Africa - Critical Threats ProjectAfrica File: Us Special Operations Command Africa Commander Emphasizes 'Strategic' Aims Of Al Qaeda In West Africa  Critical Threats Project

Self-help project in Niger churns out hygiene products in fight against coronavirus - UNHCRSelf-help project in Niger churns out hygiene products in fight against coronavirus  UNHCR

WFP Niger Country Brief, July 2020 - Niger - ReliefWebWFP Niger Country Brief, July 2020 - Niger  ReliefWeb

Niger : Requests for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility and for Rephasing of Access Under the Extended Credit Facility -Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Niger - International Monetary FundNiger : Requests for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility and for Rephasing of Access Under the Extended Credit Facility -Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Niger  International Monetary Fund

Niger: ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives are horrified by the senseless killing of seven of their aid workers - Niger - ReliefWebNiger: ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives are horrified by the senseless killing of seven of their aid workers - Niger  ReliefWeb

Malian refugees in Niger make face covers to prevent the coronavirus spread - UNHCRMalian refugees in Niger make face covers to prevent the coronavirus spread  UNHCR

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Libya's Migrant Report: Round 32 | July - August 2020 - Libya - ReliefWebDisplacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Libya's Migrant Report: Round 32 | July - August 2020 - Libya  ReliefWeb

Niger lost tens of millions to arms deals malpractice, leaked report alleges - The GuardianNiger lost tens of millions to arms deals malpractice, leaked report alleges  The Guardian

Massive Sandstorm Sweeps Over Niger Capital, Paints Sky Red In Dramatic Videos - NDTVMassive Sandstorm Sweeps Over Niger Capital, Paints Sky Red In Dramatic Videos  NDTV

UNHCR outraged at killings of two refugees and one community member in Niger - UNHCRUNHCR outraged at killings of two refugees and one community member in Niger  UNHCR

European Army Plans Face Battlefield Reality in Africa - The Wall Street JournalEuropean Army Plans Face Battlefield Reality in Africa  The Wall Street Journal

Turkey wants to play role in Niger's development - Anadolu AgencyTurkey wants to play role in Niger's development  Anadolu Agency

In Niger, an Architect Looking to the Countrys Design Traditions - The New York TimesIn Niger, an Architect Looking to the Countrys Design Traditions  The New York Times

Does this village in Niger hold a key to defeating African jihad? - Reuters IndiaDoes this village in Niger hold a key to defeating African jihad?  Reuters India

Niger: Politically motivated trial of journalist must end in her unconditional release - Amnesty InternationalNiger: Politically motivated trial of journalist must end in her unconditional release  Amnesty International

Thousands flee Niger refugee camp after attack - Al Jazeera EnglishThousands flee Niger refugee camp after attack  Al Jazeera English