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, Labour market insertion
For an 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, involving the agricultural and semi-industrial private sector, in order to integrate young women and men between the ages of 15 and 35 into the labour market.
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.


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Thanks to my small business, I am an accomplished and independent woman
Niger’s young workforce grapples with formidable obstacles on the job market, with unemployment and underemployment topping the list of hurdles. Recognising the critical need for alternative avenues, young entrepreneurs are turning to micro and small enterprises to fill the void left by the limited formal employment opportunities and insufficient job creation in the country. Annually, approximately 500 000 determined young individuals in Niger embark on the challenging journey of entering the job market.   
Among these aspirants was Halima.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
PROMEL: Financial inclusion for women in Niger
Financial inclusion, a crucial aspect of social and economic development, has often eluded women in Niger, where traditional financial system remains predominantly male-dominated. Despite playing significant roles in the local economy, women find themselves excluded form essential financial services. The PROMEL program, however, is taking strides to address this challenge by placing women at the center of its mission for financial inclusion.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Niger's Digital Development Agency (ADN): Pioneering Agricultural Digital Transformation
In the heart of Niger's economy lies the agricultural sector, employing a majority of the population. However, a lack of access to crucial information and tools has hampered the progress of players in agricultural value chains. Addressing this challenge head-on is the Agence de Développement Numérique (ADN), committed to providing innovative digital solutions with support from partners like the Programme de Promotion de l'Entrepreneuriat Local (PROMEL).
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. 

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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