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meeting in NigerIn Niger, the PBF seeks to reinforce the foundations of sustainable peace by building capacity of political and social institutions as it grows out of its political crisis of 2010 yet facing challenges from an unsettled region. The Fund supported in 2013 a $3 million project focused on socio-economic integration of youth at risk, in the Tahoua region, bordering Mali. The Secretary-General declared Niger eligible for Peacebuilding Fund support in December 2013.

In 2015 the Fund allocated a $10 million grant through the Peacebuilding and Recovery Facility Plan for Peacebuilding. Based on extensive consultations with state and non-state institutions, with the UN family in Niamey, UNOWA, and with relevant International partners, the Priority Plan focuses on the following priority areas: addressing socio-economic needs of youth at risk at the border regions of Niger; supporting local governance institutions capacity to consolidate peace and promote social cohesion. PBF, with the support of Peacenexus foundation, has been very active in accompanying the Government and the UNCT in conducting these extensive consultations. The Priority Plan will help the Government of Niger and its partners to address the spill-over effects of the Libyan crisis and recent Boko Haram attacks in the South of the country, which have strained the country’s already limited resources.

Period and total funding in US$ of PBF support:

2013: IRF approval of $2,999,650 million: Joint UNDP, IOM, UNICEF, UNFPA project “Jeune, Paix et Développement dans la région de Tahoua” ,

Link on the MPTF-O gateway: http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/project/00086267

2015: Priority Plan approval of $10 million

Total: $13 million

  • Overview of PBF support and results:

In March 2013, PBF approved a joint IRF project document on socio-economic integration of youth at risk in the region of Tahoua (bordering with Mali) for an amount of  $3 million, implemented by UNDP, IOM, UNICEF and UNFPA  The project has helped to develop the capacity of youth and women to resolve conflict peacefully thus de-incentivising extremist and terrorist ideologies and strengthening social cohesion. Moreover, the project included an aspect of capacity building of national institutions including the HACP, the Secretariat of the Sahel Strategy and the two targeted Communes at the decentralized level. Thanks to this project, more than 1,500 young people have benefited from income generation opportunities, including 305 women, which retained them from participating to illicit activities or joining life-threatening migration streams. Together with 726 traditional and religious leaders, project stakeholders received training in peaceful resolution of conflicts. The project ended by mid-2015 and an independent evaluation of the project will be finalised before the end of 2015.

In August 2015, PBF made an additional allocation of $10 million towards the first Peacebuilding Priority Plan. The plan was built around a conflict analysis, which followed a participatory approach, in collaboration with Peacenexus foundation. The Plan is focusing on: socio-economic opportunities for vulnerable youth; support to national dialogue; conflict prevention around natural resources; and reinforcement of security in the border regions. The Plan is being translated into projects, expected to start in early 2016. The PBF support is being overseen by a Joint Steering Committee, presided by the UN Resident Coordinator and the President for the “Haute Autorite de Consolidation de la Paix” , HACP. Six Projects were developed and approved 6 months later in December 2015.

Ongoing projects:

Project name/ ID Focus Period Budget RUNOs
PBF/NER/A-1:Promotion of dialogue and youth and women participation to peaceful, transparent and credible elections  The project aims at creating the conducive environment for the organisation of peaceful, transparent and credible elections, through support to political dialogue and increased participation and cohesion of the population, including women and youth in Niamey and Zinder 2016-2017 $500,000 UNDP
PBF-NER-D-1: Youth empowerment for youth in Niger”AJPANI” This project aims to offer to youth in regions at risk of conflict a holistic framework to develop, through their socio-economic participation, mechanisms allowing for their participation in decision-making and peacebuilding initiatives 2016-2017 $2,500,000 UNICEF/IOM/UNDP
PBF/NER/D-2:Support to the implementation of UN resolutions 1325 and 2250 on youth and women in peacebuilding in 8 municipalities in the regions of Agadez, Tahoua, Tillabery and Zinder This project aims at strengthening the participation of youth and women in both decision-making and socio-economic participation empowering them to contribute to peacebuilding in their respective communities.  2016-2017 $1,500,000 UNDP/UNFPA
 PBF/NER/A-2:Support to conflict prevention and management mechanisms linked to management of natural resources in agro-herding zones in 7 municipalities in Niger The main objective of the project is to prevent conflict stemming from management of natural resources through capacity building of producers towards a concerted and inclusive management of resources at different levels. 2016-2017 $ 1,500,000 UNHCR/FAO
PBF/NER/B-1:Strengthening of community engagement in risk management and early warning mechanisms to address security and social issuesREGARDS The project aims at improving the collaboration amongst the population and in particular youth and women, security institutions and peacebuilding mechanisms 2016-2017 $3,000,000 UNHCR/UNDP
PBF/IRF-113:Support to the Secretariat of Steering Committee of PBF in Niger The project aims at establishing and support the national institutional Governance mechanism of the PBF in Niamey, through a Secretariat of the Joint Steering Committee, providing oversight over the PBF projects 2016-2017 $610,863 UNDP
  • Key documents:
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pdf Download Niger Peacebuilding Priority Plan 2015-2017 pdf Download PBSO letter of approval of Priority Plan

Quarterly reports for each project are available on the MPTF-O Gateway site

Last updated September 2016