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


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.
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Promotion of youth employment and labour market integration (PEMIJ)
The project purpose is to create youth enterprises, access to self-employment and salaried employment for young people, while fostering their employability and labour market integration through the sustainable development of inclusive training mechanisms and tools, and market access, all adapted to local contexts.
Labour market insertion, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Local entrepreneurship promotion programme 
The programme objective is to create jobs and income opportunities for women and youth in rural Niger through the promotion of entrepreneurship and facilitating access to markets. In particular, the empowerment of women is to be promoted. This opens up new opportunities for economic and social development of these two border regions that depend significantly on agriculture and industry.
Niger, Burkina Faso
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Bridge Youth Connect
The purpose of BYC is to facilitate access to strategic economic and social opportunities for vulnerable youth in Niger and Burkina Faso. 
Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Pilot project to support the socio-professional integration of juvenile prisoners (PAPJ) 
This project promotes the social and professional integration of vulnerable young people aged between 14 and 25, with or without formal education, in the regions of Niamey, Dosso,  Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder.


Niger, Cambodia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable agriculture
Digital solutions for agriculture
In Niger, Swisscontact is developing a digital information platform for agricultural entrepreneurs to network and have better business opportunities. In Cambodia, an app supports agricultural businesses on the path toward regenerative agriculture.
Initial vocational education and training
Niger: a visit by the Swiss delegation with President Cassis
As part of his tour of the West African country of Niger, Swiss Confederation President Ignazio Cassis and National Council President Irène Kälin recently visited Maradi region and the Community Centre for Alternative Youth Education. Since 2019, Swisscontact has been implementing this project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 
Labour market insertion
Acquiring technical and entrepreneurial skills ensures socio-professional integration of vulnerable young people
Maman Lawan is one of the minors in a vulnerable situation who received training in restoration thanks to the UNICEF-funded project that helps integrate young people affected by conflict into the labour market.
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. 


Quartier Dar Es Salam, Cité STIN, BP 12 676 Niamey

En venant de la station Ola Energy, prenez le pavé Dar Es Salam et tournez à gauche juste avant la pharmacie Say. Prenez le deuxième couloir à droite. Le bureau se trouve sur votre gauche.

Les coordonnées GPS sont : 13°32'20.0"N 2°05'51.4"E