Climate-induced drought and women’s migration in Niger

This project supports women and girls impacted by climate-induced drought and migration in 5 villages of Filinguë district, Niger. The project improves the socio-economic wellbeing of women and girls through income-generating activities, agricultural and life-skills training, and family planning services and counseling. The project also engages men and local leaders on the importance of men’s participation in family planning and supporting family and communities facing migration.

Project Date: 2022 - 2022
Funder: The Philip Stoddard and Adele Smith Brown Foundation
Country: Niger

Niger has a population of more than 24 million—one of the world’s fastest growing populations.

The World Bank, 2020

More than 80% of the country’s population depends on agriculture and are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The World Bank, 2021

Niger has one of the highest fertility rates in the world—about 7 births per woman.

The World Bank, 2019

Since 2010, Niger has ranked near to last in the United Nations Human Development Index.

The World Bank, 2020

What We Do

  • Engage local leaders and men through advocacy campaigns to inform them about the risks associated with migration.
  • Form women’s groups affected by migration in generating sustainable climate solutions.
  • Promote income-generating activities to increase the social participation and economic empowerment of women.
  • Increase access to family planning commodities and counseling for women who migrate to urban areas for work.
  • Ensure clinics and community groups in urban areas are well equipped to protect and treat migrating adolescent girls and women against gender-based violence.
  • Strengthen the agricultural yields and techniques of small-scale to combat drought by using drought-resistant seed adapted to the Sahelian climate.

Project Staff Members

Sani Aliou

Country Director

Dr. Aliou has more than 30 years of public health experience across Africa including Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad, and his native...

Barbara Merz

Managing Director, Empowerment Funds

Barbara Merz is an experienced senior strategist and development expert. As Pathfinder’s Managing Director of Empowerment Funds, Barbara leads the design and strategy for Women-led Climate...

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