Kossom Association Provides Employment for Women with Disabilities

By Amber Persson Female empowerment is one of the most powerful growing movements of the 21st century. Countries around the world are making changes, slowly but surely, to close the gender gap that exists professionally and culturally. For Nigerien women living with disabilities, the gender gap is even more pronounced. As a result of widespread… Read more »

Artificial Rain Could Create a Silver Lining

By Will Beeker Source: Wells Bring Hope Despite heavy rains and flooding this fall, ongoing drought continues to pose a problem for Niger, especially late in its dry season. Niger often deals with periods of drought, but the country’s southeast is currently experiencing its lowest rainfall in 30 years, exacerbating food shortages. In August 2022,… Read more »

Finding Hope for Wildlife Conservation in Niger

By Kayla Ruff While Niger provides habitat for some of Africa’s most notable wildlife species, such as the hippopotamus and Nile crocodile, the country is also home to many lesser-known yet critically endangered species. It’s clear Niger’s rare desert species are in dire straits: Only about 100 addax desert antelope are left in the wild,… Read more »

The Languages of Niger: Hausa

By Megan Campbell Niger is linguistically diverse, with over twenty languages spoken in everyday life! French is used for professional communication and official proceedings. Indigenous languages are a way for members of a specific ethnic group to converse, but they are rarely spoken outside that population. Hausa, however, is an exception to that rule. Hausa… Read more »

4 Easy Ways to Help Niger

By Vasti Carrion Source: Max R – ooyooy 1. Read One way to help Niger, the world’s least developed country, is to read news about the current affairs of the country. In Niger, “more than 10 million people (41.8% of the population) were living in extreme poverty in 2021” according to worldbank.org. Our awareness of… Read more »

Local Nigeriens Collaborate with Refugees in Ouallam

By Amber Persson When the sun breaks, the people of Ouallam, a refugee camp in Southwestern Niger, are already up and beginning their long days of working in a brickyard, garden, or another trade. They are 6,000 of the nearly 270,000 refugees from Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso that have flooded into Niger to escape… Read more »

Green Hydrogen : New Frontier, Old Questions

By Will Beeker Source: DLR In July, German energy investment firm Emerging Energy Corp (EEC) announced it is seeking a partner to help determine the feasibility of commercially developing “green hydrogen” in Niger. Because of its extreme flammability, hydrogen can be a challenging fuel source, but its value is predicted to rise in coming years… Read more »

Empowered Women, Empowered Niger

By Kayleigh Redmond Research has shown that investing in the economic and educational success of women is vital to the development of any nation. Women typically funnel a larger percentage of their income back into their communities than men and obstructing their potential contributions only delays financial growth. Educating and empowering women in Niger can… Read more »

Curious How “Niger” Got Its Name?

By Vasti Carrion Place names serve obvious practical purposes – they literally put us on the map, telling others who and where we are. Names also help form our identities, hold our histories, and often communicate something about how and why we got here. This is particularly true for countries like Niger, which have been… Read more »

Africa’s Great Green Wall Initiative is Evolving

By Will Beeker In 2007, a group of African countries in the Sahel region came together with an ambitious plan: planting a 5,000-mile line of trees stretching from Senegal on Africa’s west coast to Djibouti on its east coast to be completed by the year 2030. The aim was stopping the Sahara Desert from creeping… Read more »