Institutional and community rehabilitation in the Diffa region, Lake Tchad basin, Niger

Institutional and community rehabilitation in the Diffa region, Lake Tchad basin, Niger

Jointly funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), this project targeted populations in several towns in the Diffa region of Niger. It aimed to strengthen the housing capacities of municipalities with a high population concentration and to improve the authorities’ capacity to better manage the displacement crisis. It created social housing for 4 000 households and contributed to strengthening the capacity of municipalities. It notably developed a pilot project to advance the biometric registration of the population throughout the Diffa region and create an operational database directly managed by the communities with the support of UNHCR. The project capitalised on previous projects undertaken jointly by the Nigerien authorities and UNHCR.


Global objective

  • Strengthen institutional and community resilience in the Diffa region, Niger

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen the reception capacities of municipalities with a high concentration of population
  • Support economic recovery and municipal investments through the implementation of major building projects

Expected results

  • Development of new building projects
  • Access to housing and water on building projects
  • Economic revival at community level through the construction of social housing
  • Strengthening of domestic resource mobilisation


3 years : 15/05/2017 - 31/05/2020


The project was implemented in the Diffa region of Niger in the following towns: Assaga, Chetimari, Diffa, Kabelawa, Maine Soroa, N’Guigmi and Toumour.


Direct beneficiaries:

  • 28 000 people benefiting from a plot, social housing and access to drinking water
  • 42 000 people with access to land for housing and drinking water
  • Creation or maintenance of 2 000 jobs

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • 7 municipalities in the Diffa region, population of 650 000 inhabitants including 335 000 host communities, 315 000 displaced persons (including 82 000 refugees, 70 000 returnees and 163 000 IDPs)


EUR 13 000 000


  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 12 million)
  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (EUR 1 million)


  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)


  • Nigerien authorities

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  • Niger


  • Demographic trends
  • Employment & revenues
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Poverty
  • Rural-urban issues
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Youth


  • Institutions
  • Poor households
  • Poor workers in the informal economy
  • Refugees

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security


  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 8 SDG 16