Since 2014, juvenile justice in Niger has been institutionalised and a Directorate of Juvenile Justice has been established. Despite this significant progress, the situation of minors in conflict with the law has changed little and the issue of their reintegration remains crucial. For example, more than 90 % of detained minors are released after six months without trial and without support for their socio-professional reintegration.
This project therefore focuses on the following objectives:
The project supports the reintegration of minors who have committed crimes. During their time in prison, they get the opportunity to acquire new skills. This enables them to develop their potential through a business project that they can implement after their release through individual support.
In addition, the project offers an alternative to incarceration for minors. Instead of incarceration, the youths start a socio-professional integration process so that they acquire technical and practical life skills that enable them to pursue a profession.
Swisscontact supports municipalities in implementing initial vocational training in the agricultural (food processing, plant and animal production) sector and service industries.
These practical short-term training courses enable young beneficiaries to acquire technical skills to be able to carry out an activity linked to the local economy. Sectors are identified after a training needs analysis in consultation with beneficiaries and local stakeholders (communities, beneficiaries' families, family businesses, private companies, etc.) and taking into account the local security situation.