Niger - Gender Equity Reinforcement Projec

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Jun 2004
Signature Date 26 Oct 2004
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 2,864,528.54
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Gender Equity Reinforcement Project. It's conceived in a context marked by imbalances to the detriment of women in areas such as education, health, access to resources, social rights, participation, or decision-making. The literacy rate was 10.6% for women compared with 30.4% for men. Although the Nigerian Constitution enshrines the principle of equality, the coexistence of three legal sources (customary law, modern law and religious law) made the situation of women difficult. Finally, women were almost absent from decision-making circles. To correct these imbalances, the Government developed a Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), which focused on the promotion and development of human resources, particularly women. The Government has also adopted a law on quotas aiming at a target of at least 20% of women in elective offices, 20% in the Government and 25% in public administration. The project is an important contribution to the Government's PRS in promoting gender in Niger, notably its contribution to significant changes in people's behavior and the strengthening of equity. The expected impact of the project was the reduction of gender disparities in the areas of law, education and access to ICTs. The project has three components namely: (i) capacity building, (ii) Improvement of the Legal Framework and Women’s Access to Information and Communication, and (iii) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to contribute to attaining the millennium development goals as regards “Gender”. The specific objectives are to: (i) contribute to enhancing the capacities for design, planning and management of Gender activities; and (ii) create a social environment that is more conducive to gender equity.


The beneficiaries are several target groups, the first of which concerns opinion leaders, members of the Government and parliamentarians. The second group includes civil society organizations. As for the third group, it's made up of staff from state structures who should benefit from short and long-term training in various fields. Finally, the fourth group concerns the population in general and should benefit from awareness campaigns on human rights, the code of persons and the family, CEDEF (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women), the concept of gender and different themes, including family planning and harmful traditional practices. The beneficiary population also includes young people from schools and colleges whose adoption of gender-friendly behavior is necessary.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Gouvernement du Niger
Ministry for the Advancement of Women and Child Protection (MPPFPE) / Women’s Affairs and Gender Department (DPFG)


IATI identifier 46002-P-NE-IB0-006
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Niger