Last updated in February 2012
Public opinion in Niger holds Germany in high esteem. The German Embassy in Niamey was reopened in late summer 2002 after being closed for nearly three years.
Bilateral relations focus on political dialogue with the government of Niger and development cooperation. Since 1962, Germany has provided more than EUR 630 million in bilateral Technical and Financial Cooperation.
In 2002, a new course was charted for future bilateral development cooperation, with a stronger focus on priority areas. The groundwork was laid for launching a rural poverty reduction programme, an approach combining all German development instruments in one multi-component programme. Under the LUCOP/FICOD programme, Germany supports Niger’s poverty reduction strategy, especially in the Tillaberi and Tahoua-North regions as well as in some municipalities in the Agadez region. Particular importance is attached here to promoting the decentralization process in Niger’s young municipalities.
Owing to the domestic situation in Niger (dissolution of the Constitutional Court and an unconstitutional referendum), Germany – like the EU and other donors – had suspended development assistance in many areas (except humanitarian aid). Development cooperation was resumed following the return to constitutional order in 2011.
At the intergovernmental negotiations with Niger in 2011, Germany pledged EUR 52.9 million in funding for the next three years: EUR 35 million for Financial Cooperation programmes and EUR 17.9 million for new Technical Cooperation projects. German development cooperation with Niger focuses on decentralization and good governance as well as productive agriculture and food security. There are also health care and basic education projects. Federal Foreign Office funding is being used to support a pilot project in judicial reform. In addition, conflict prevention projects are being supported in the north of the country.
Inadequate rainfall in the past year has led to a poor harvest and a severe food crisis in the Sahel region. The German Federal Government has responded to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region by making available more than EUR 12 million, which also benefits Niger.
More than 40 experts and development aid workers are involved in bilateral development cooperation in Niger. Nigerien partners receive continuous further training in Germany and the West African sub-region.
A friendship association between Germany and Niger provides an institution in Germany that brings together development aid workers and experts who share the experience of having worked in Niger.
In addition to its own activities, the Federal Government also provides financial support for the work of German non-governmental organizations in Niger, which has flourished considerably since 2005.
In addition, since 2006 the Federal Government has provided EUR 3 million to support the Niamey-based regional organization of the Niger Basin Authority (ABN). Some EUR 20 million has been earmarked for the period 2008-2012.
The principal bilateral accords concluded between Germany and the Niger are an agreement on investment promotion of 29 October 1964 and an agreement on Technical Cooperation signed on 18 June 1977.