UNCDF has been present in Niger since 1982, addressing its development challenges through several projects combining inclusive finance and local development.
Today, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Through Financial Inclusion Practice, UNCDF’s implementation of MicroLead, a global initiative that works with variety of financial institutions is designed to develop, pilot and scale deposit services for low income, rural populations, particularly women.
Through Local Development Finance Practice, UNCDF is implementing Finance for Food (F4F) programme, investing in infrastructure to improve food security, and assist Niger's government to make food security a central part of local planning and budgets. Additionally, UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) initiative helps governments channel global climate adaptation financing to the local level, cope with the increased cost of building resilience against climate change and natural disasters. UNCDF is implementing, Projet Appui au Développement Economique Local (PADEL), ensuring local access to public and financial services to promote economic development and improve food security, and reducing malnutrition.
UNCDF’s Local Cross-Border Initiative (LOBI) in Niger is strengthening cross-border governance in the West Africa region through the definition of regional and national strategies and promotion of pilot cross-border local development processes. UNCDF is working in 4 countries (Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Niger), in partnership with RIAFCO, FMDV and PPIAF, through the Municipal Investment Finance (MIF) programme, to identify the most effective ways to sustain and diversify local government financing institutions (LGFIs) financial resources in order to reinforce and to support local authorities and to bolster their own financial resource