Niger
Region
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
189
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
23.2 million

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit https://ilostat.ilo.org/topics/volunteer-work/

No data

Measurement work

No data

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Yes

Law 2014-10 of April 16, 2014 created the "Nigerian Agency of Volunteerism for Development (ANVD)" whose Statutes are approved by decree taken in Council of Ministers.

 

 

Year 2014
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Yes

Decree 2015-526 of October 2, 2015 approving the statutes of the ANVD; whose technical supervision is provided by the Ministry of Community Development and Spatial Planning.

Yes

 Decree 2007-281 of 03 August 2007 instituting National Volunteering in Niger

Year 2006
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

Yes

Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?

Nigerian Agency of Volunteerism for Development (ANVD)

2014 No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

Revue Nationale Voluntaire

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 10

Niger recognizes the important role of volunteers in development efforts, particularly among vulnerable groups and local authorities. Hence (i) the law on volunteerism in Niger was adopted in March 2014 and (ii) the Agence Nigérienne du Volontariat pour le Développement [Nigerien Agency for Volunteerism in Development – ANVD] was created in April 2014. Nigerien volunteers, supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and France Volontaires [France Volunteers], are involved in the promotion, advocacy and integration of volunteerism for peace and development. Their interventions help implement the international commitments to which Niger has subscribed, including the 2030 Agenda.

Paragraph 2, page 62

In addition, the Agence Nationale pour la Société de l'Information[National Agency for Information Society] plans to set up a digital volunteerism programme that will mobilize all young people working in the sector to participate in voluntary activities to help achieve the desired goals.

Paragraph 3, page 65

PARTNERSHIPS WITH CIVIL SOCIETY: THE ROLE OF VOLUNTEERISM IN IMPLEMENTING
THE SDGS: Niger recognizes the important role of volunteers in development efforts, particularly among vulnerable groups and local authorities. Hence (i) the law on volunteerism in Niger was adopted in March 2014 and (ii) ANVD was created in April 2014. The law on volunteerism recognizes conventional forms of mutual assistance, which are characterized by mutual assistance among community members and members of France Volontaires to undertake projects requiring significant mobilization of labour (such as rural work and housing construction)

Paragraph 4, page 66

ANVD receives support from UNV, which has been present in Niger since 1972 and has more than 900 international volunteers. Nigerien volunteers, supported by UNV and France Volontaires, are involved in the promotion, advocacy and integration of volunteerism for peace and development.

Their interventions help implement the international commitments to which Niger has subscribed, including the 2030 Agenda, as shown in Table 5 below:

Paragraph 5, page 67

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation: 

Several activities have been carried out within the framework of this SDG, including awareness-raising on hygiene and sanitation (cleanliness) through hand washing activities with soap and water and activities on how to use latrines (especially in the regions of Maradi and Tahoua), and the construction and rehabilitation of water infrastructure by the Regional Council of Agadez, which is supported by a volunteer.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy:

The volunteers that have been mobilized are helping with feasibility studies for various projects, including the construction of a solar hybrid power plant in the urban commune of Agadez. 

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities:

Rehabilitation of the old town of Agadez through the Employment for Agadez Heritage (EPPA) project. Awareness-raising activities within communities on sustainable storage of cereal stalks (millet and sorghum) are led by volunteers to draw attention to the risks of fires and bush fires in the Maradi region. Volunteers are helping implement various sustainable agriculture projects, including the Family Farming Development Programme (ProDAF), rain-fed rice growing, Drydev (water-efficient agriculture) and integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the regions of Dosso, Maradi, Tillabéry and Zinder. 

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production:

Within the context of this goal, volunteers from the Agadez region are supporting initiatives to set up solar equipment for watering market gardens through the Small-scale Irrigation Project (PPI). They are also contributing to hydro-agricultural developments through the Irhazer-Tamesna-Aïr project. Lastly, the programme to support socioeconomic stability in the Agadez region (PASSERAZ) is providing funding to former service providers of the migratory economy to support market gardening, following the collection of information and supervision of activities by volunteers. Several partnerships involving volunteer organizations have formed in the context of the implementation of the SDGs, at the national and international level.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: 

Under the Communes de Convergence [Coming together with communes] approach, which brings togetherUnited Nations organizations and local authorities with the aim of improving resilience for the benefit of rural and urban communities, a crosscutting approach is taken to recruiting volunteers to implement programmes and projects. ANVD, UNV, the United Nations system as a whole, the various sectoral ministries, the German international cooperation agency GIZ, the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger) and local NGOs such as Karkara are united in their
actions to achieve the SDGs in Niger. A platform for those involved in volunteerism is being developed
under the aegis of UNV and ANVD to support development activities within associations around the SDGs. At the international level, ANVD works in partnership with France Volontaires, UNV and the Agence Nationale de Volontariat pour le Développement au Togo [Togolese National Volunteering Agency – ANVT] in the context of reciprocal volunteerism. Care International is also an ANVD partner and mobilizes agricultural volunteers to support various sustainable agriculture projects.
 

Revue Nationale Voluntaire

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Paragraph 1, page 68

Measures are taken to remedy the existing gaps and challenges […] the implementation of a National Volunteerism Program for Development […]

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