|Approval Date||02 Nov 2016|
|Signature Date||07 Nov 2016|
|Planned Completion Date||30 Jun 2017|
|Last Disbursement Planned Date||31 Dec 2017|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||15124|
The Financial Reforms and Food Security Support Programme (PAREFSA) is a programmatic series of two consecutive General Budget Support (GBS) operations covering fiscal years 2015 and 2016. This multi-year framework provides predictable funding and creates a medium-term platform for dialogue on key reforms. The programme responds to the major challenges and constraints that Niger continues to face in addressing the vulnerability of its economy to external shocks with a view to sustainable and balanced socio-economic development. The present operation (PAREFSA II) constitutes the second phase of this support. The components of PAREFSA II remain the same as those defined in the evaluation report of the initial programme, namely : (1) Strengthening of budgetary management and (2) Strengthening resilience to food crises. The programme will support the Government of Niger (GoN) in its efforts to deepen and consolidate the reforms introduced under PAREFSA I. The main expected results of the programme are as follows (i) a tax burden rate of at least 17.2%; (ii) a budget execution rate of at least 85% in 2016 against an average of 72% over the period 2011-2014; (iii) the establishment and operationalization of the National Observatory for the Promotion of Gender; (iv) the restoration of 1,200 ha of degraded pastoral rangelands ; (v) the increase in the livestock sub-sector's contribution to GDP by 12%; (vi) the adoption of the national agricultural policy.
The main objective of PAREFSA is to contribute to creating conditions conducive to inclusive economic growth in a context of strengthened food security. In other words, it is to contribute to the promotion of strong and inclusive growth with a view to reducing poverty and strengthening the resilience of the economy to food crises.
The programme will benefit the entire population of Niger. The main activity of over 70% of the labour force is farming, stockbreeding, forest exploitation and/or fishing. Thus, the direct programme beneficiaries are: (i) stock breeders and agro-pastoralists in terms of reforms in the areas of stockbreeding and livestock water supply; (ii) farmers using the irrigation systems in terms of reforms related to the operationalization of SPIN; and (iii) the rural women and youths in terms of reforms related to gender mainstreaming in rural sector policies and strategies. Environment- and sustainable development-related reforms will benefit the entire population of Niger in terms of comfortable living environments and natural resources protection.
African Development Fund
Ministry of Economy and Finance, General Directorate of Economy
|Last Update||18 Feb 2020|
|Name||EKPO Alain Fabrice|