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, 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. 
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, 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.
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,...


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.
Sustainable agriculture
Facilitating Access to Markets for Young Agricultural Producers
Young people in Niger face problems of employment and socio-economic integration because vocational training is particularly poorly developed in rural areas. Swisscontact aims to improve the living conditions of rural youth in the regions of Dosso and Maradi by establishing training that meets the needs of the local economies and by integrating trained youth into the labour market.
Effects of establishing an Integrated Agricultural Training Site in Koona, Maradi region
The Integrated Agricultural Training Site (Site Intégré de Formation Agricole, SIFA) of Koona was created in February 2018, thanks to the Rural Skills Development support programme in Niger. Like all the other training sites in the Maradi region, the Koona site is under delegated management by the town hall to a local farmers' organisation called "Kishin-Zucci" (meaning efficiency of work).
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