In Niger, the rural informal sector generates between 80 and 90% of overall employment, which primarily comprises agriculture and animal husbandry. Above and beyond the difficult overall situation, the country is facing the challenge of integrating young people into the professional world. It is rendered all the more challenging by lack of skills and professional experience, which in turn is attributable at least in part to an inadequate vocational education. 

Swisscontact in Niger

  • since 2005


  • Area: 1,268 million km²
  • Population: 22,44 million
  • Capital: Niamey


Labour market insertion
Project to support labour market integration of youth affected by conflict 
These projects promote the social and professional integration of vulnerable young people aged between 14 and 25, with or without formal education, in the regions of Tillabéri and Maradi, Agadez and Zinder.The districts in the north of the Tillabéri region are confronted with the increasing instability of security. This situation leads to the...
Initial vocational education and training
Alternative education programme for young people
The project provides a high quality alternative basic education with a leverage effect on the non-formal education system, enabling girls and boys aged 9 to 14 who have not completed school to acquire the basic skills necessary for integration into social and economic life.
Labour market insertion
Support the Vocational Training and Labour Market Integration of Youth (ProEmploi)
The purpose of the project is to integrate young boys and girls aged 15 to 35 into the labour market in the regions of Agadez and Zinder.Swisscontact has been mandated by GIZ’s “Programme ProEmploi” to facilitate the professional advancement of 5,000 youth completing the ProEmploi cash for work programme in the regions of Agadez and Zinder,...
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Rural Skills Development support program in Niger
Swisscontact contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of rural youth in the regions of Dosso and Maradi, by the establishment of a training-system and the integration of trained youths into the labor market.


Creating Opportunities through Vocational Training
Ismaël Abdou, aged 24, is a dynamic young man living in Dogondoutchi in Niger. He was expelled from secondary school after failing the final examination and then turned to vocational training.
Labour market insertion
Making a Living through Training in Cattle Feed Production and Breeding Techniques
Like many young people in his village in the south of Niger, Sanoussi Zankou went to neighbouring Nigeria to earn money every year during the lean season. Through the project that supports the training and professional integration of young people, financed by GIZ, he received training in breeding techniques and cattle feed production. Today...
Directrice Pays Niger
Sophie Rosman

Our approach

Our strategy involves supporting local economic development through the promotion of a modern educational and vocational training system, thereby helping young people to successfully join the professional world and social life. 

To this end Swisscontact is developing market-friendly and contextual vocational training that meets local developmental needs and ensures participation and inclusion of local stakeholders. We support young people in their efforts to successfully join local economic life, by empowering them and increasing their employability.