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
GWANI - A regulated, attractive and market-oriented vocational training system
The project aims to develop a regulated, attractive vocational training system adapted to the needs of the local market by associating the agricultural and semi-industrial private sector, and thus the integration into the labour market of young women and men aged 15 to 35, including the most vulnerable.
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, 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, 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.


Initial vocational education and training
"Mind the gap"
More and more children enrol in primary education globally, but in low-income countries, almost 40% of all pupils do not continue their education after primary school. This means that millions of girls and boys leave the education system ill-prepared for the world of work.
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
The SIFA (integrated agricultural training sites): an excellent agricultural development tool
Located in the Sahelo-Saharan band, Niger is a landlocked country whose economy is essentially based on agro-sylvo-pastoralism, which combines livestock husbandry on pastures and agriculture on partially wooded land. Agriculture accounts for 40% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and remains the primary sector for employment. However, due to the climatic and environmental hazards in Niger, this sector is faced with the difficulty of meeting the global supply and demand of employment. This is why, for several years, the development of the agricultural sector has been a central concern for public decision-makers and development partners such as Swisscontact in Niger. 
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.
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