Niger : News

News : Niger : News

U.S.-Constructed Air Base Begins Operations

[VOA] The new U.S.-constructed air base in Agadez, Niger, is now fully operational, carrying out its first unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights this week, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told VOA Friday. (AllAfrica)

Shock Finding - What African Women Say About Wife-Beating

[Afrobarometer] Accra -About one in four African women - and even more African men - say wife-beating is at least sometimes justified, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey. In some countries, up to seven in 10 citizens endorse domestic violence. (AllAfrica)

Niger in the Hot Seat At the UN Security Council

[ISS] Niger will serve on the United Nations (UN) Security Council from January 2020 for a two-year term as a non-permanent member, alongside two other African countries - South Africa and Tunisia. Niger is perceived by international actors as a strategic partner and a key state in the stabilisation of the Sahel region. The country will take its seat with strong legitimacy, having been elected by 191 out of 193 votes in June. (AllAfrica)

Expanding Sahara Leaves Broken Families and Violence in Its Wake

[IPS] Bamako, Mali/Cotonou, Benin -Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem distant and painful. (AllAfrica)

We Are Paying a Heavy Price for What's Happening in Libya - President Issoufou

[allAfrica] Rhodes -The security threat to the Sahel region has been amplified by the Libyan crisis, said the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou. In his forthright assessment of the conflict, Issoufou said it seems the world has turned its back on countries that are dealing with the fallout of the crisis. (AllAfrica)

Niger's President Will Make History at The End of His Term

[allAfrica] Niamey -"My greatest legacy will be to become the first president in the history of Niger who will hand power to a democratically elected successor." (AllAfrica)

Fewer Children, Fewer Climate Risks? Niger Ponders a Controversial Option

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Niamey -In a nation with the world's highest birth rate and growing risks to food and water security from climate change, reducing births may be one way to adapt (AllAfrica)

Two Nigerien Soldiers Killed in Terror Attack

[Vanguard] Two soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a "terrorist" attack in southwest Niger, a region that until recently had been spared jihadist raids, the interior ministry has said. (AllAfrica)

FAO Report Cites 41 Countries Needing External Assistance for Food

[FAO] Rome -Dry weather and protracted conflicts are primary drivers (AllAfrica)

South Africans and Others Take Stock Amid Violence

[VOA] South Africa has begun assessing the toll of the week's anti-immigrant violence, which, according to authorities, has claimed 10 lives, injured scores more, incited fear, hobbled business activity, and strained relations with other African countries. (AllAfrica)

Protect, Support and Empower Girls in Lake Chad Region

[IPS] United Nations -As Lake Chad enters its 10th year of conflict, millions of young girls are being used and manipulated in grotesque ways. (AllAfrica)

Explore Alternative Means to Address Farmer-Herders' Conflict, Group Urges FG

[Daily Trust] Forum of Farmers and Herders' Relations in Nigeria (FFARN), an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to move beyond the deployment of security agencies and explore alternative community-based responses to farmer-herder conflicts. The organisation stated this in its policy brief entitled "Response to conflicts between farmers and herders in the Middle Belt of Nigeria: Mapping past efforts and opportunities for violence prevention". (AllAfrica)

Interview On Plight of People On the Move in Agadez, Niger

[MSF] Niger has been on Africa's migration route for centuries, and particularly the Agadez region. In recent years, travellers heading north have been joined by thousands of people moving south, either expelled from Algeria or returning from Libya. (AllAfrica)

Lake Chad Governors Reaffirm Commitment to Cross-Border Security

[Premium Times] Governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), on Wednesday in Niamey restated their commitment to ensuring cross border security and curbing the activities of the Boko Haram. (AllAfrica)

Regional Meeting to Tackle Lake Chad Crisis Begins in Niger

[Premium Times] Eight governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad will be meeting in Niamey, Niger, today alongside several CSOs and stakeholders to deliberate on the crisis rocking the Lake Chad region. (AllAfrica)

EU's Federica Mogherini Urges Action On Terror Threat in Sahel

[Deutsche Welle] In an interview with DW, the EU's foreign policy chief warned that without enough support, terrorism could take hold in the Sahel region. "It's not only for us a problem, it's a problem for everybody," she said. (AllAfrica)

Access Bank Maintains Commitment to Philanthropy

[CAJ News] Lagos -CHARITY organisations will again be the biggest winners this weekend when Nigeria's largest bank by assets holds an annual polo event at the largest club in Europe. (AllAfrica)

SWEDD: Round Table for resource mobilization to increase public and private investment for the empowerment of women and girls for equitable economic growth

[UNFPA in WCA] Niamey, July 12, 2019 - --The financial resource mobilization round table of the Women's Empowerment and Demographic Dividend in the Sahel (SWEDD) project, under the theme, "Investing in Women's Empowerment and Human Capital as a Development Strategy for Growth," was held on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Niamey, Niger. Organized on the sidelines of the African Union Summit by the Ministry of Population of Niger, in collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), (AllAfrica)

Africa's Demographic Dilemma

[Deutsche Welle] Africa's population is growing rapidly. The high birth rates present the continent with an enormous challenge. However, a study found that the number of children is declining as education, health and jobs rise. (AllAfrica)

Economics of Terrorism in Lake Chad Basin

[ISS] In the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, economic viability and control is as important to extremist groups' resilience as military tactics or ideology. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram faction, is generating income from remote communities in exchange for a range of services to secure its position. (AllAfrica)

Standing Up for Themselves, Girls Refuse Child Marriage

[VOA] Niger has one of the highest known child marriage rates in the world, with three out of four girls in this West African country married before age 18. But some girls are refusing this traditional cultural practice and are being helped by women who were themselves forced into child marriage. (AllAfrica)

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem commends African Heads of State; invites them to ICPD Summit in Nairobi

[UNFPA in WCA] Niamey, Niger: July 6, 2019:  African Union Heads of State and Government meeting in Niamey, Niger have been commended for their visionary stewardship which has led to the realisation and achievement of successful reproductive health rights and services across the continent over the last 25 years. (AllAfrica)

Now That Buhari Is Finally Set to Sign AfCFTA...

[This Day] For the past 18 months, Nigerian Stakeholders were able to reach a common ground on the need to get on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) train, believed to spur growth, boost job creation as well as eliminate barriers against Nigerian products and allow for free movement of "made in Africa" goods. President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the bold step by deciding to sign the framework agreement for establishing AfCFTA today. Adedayo Adejobi writes on the unique essence of the alliance, benefits (AllAfrica)

Migrant Smugglers Use Ever Deadlier Routes Through the Sahara

[Deutsche Welle] Smugglers are turning to perilous routes through the desert, or even dumping those hoping to reach North Africa. DW visited the transit hub of Agadez where efforts are being made to rescue migrants lost in the Sahara. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Donate 47 Vehicles, Military Equipment for AU Summit

[This Day] The federal government yesterday said it donated 47 vehicles and military equipment to the Republic of Niger to help it successfully host the 12th Extraordinary Session of the African Union on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). (AllAfrica)

Niger President Elected Ecowas Chairman

[Leadership] The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government have elected President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger as the chair of ECOWAS for a one-year term. (AllAfrica)

Orange Pulls Out of Niger Over Tax Dispute - One of Likely Buyers Is a Tax Avoider Named in the Panama Papers

[Balancing Act] London -There is a tendency by African Governments to see mobile operators as a convenient cash cow that can be milked through taxes. The latest example is in Niger where two mobile operators were asked respectively for 50% and 70% of their current turnover. Russell Southwood looks at what happened and the likely buyers of the former Orange subsidiary. (AllAfrica)

Niger Has the World's Highest Birth Rate - and That May Be a Recipe for Unrest

[The Conversation Africa] John F. May, Georgetown University (AllAfrica)

No More 'Fifth Wife' Sex Slaves and Maids, Niger's Top Court Rules

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Niger's top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as "fifth wives", capping a decade-long legal battle by one victim that could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice, lawyers and activists said. (AllAfrica)

Niger Has the World's Highest Birth Rate - and That May Be a Problem

[The Conversation Africa] While fertility levels have declined rapidly in most parts of the world, many countries in the sub-Saharan African region of the Sahel have seen their reproductive rates go down very slowly, and only very slightly. (AllAfrica)

Over 8,000 People Displaced By Armed Groups On Mali Border - Niger

[MSF] Recently, an upsurge in threats from armed groups operating between the borders of Mali and Niger has caused a new wave of displacement. More than 8,000 people have been forced to settle in improvised camps around the village of Kongokiré, Tillabéry region, Niger, where they live in appalling conditions, in a zone which is also considered as insecure. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has intervened with essential relief items, medical and mental health aid, and water and sanitatio (AllAfrica)