The World Bank is making $70 million in credit available for Niger’s comprehensive safety net program, which funds cash transfers and cash-for-work schemes that benefit the country’s poorest.
The program will focus on five Nigerien regions: Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillaberi and Zinder. It expects to support around 1 million people over five years.
“An efficient safety net system is a solid investment for the future of Niger, where chronic malnutrition threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands of children during frequent mid-year famines,” said Ousmane Diagana, the bank’s country director for Niger, in a World Bank news release dated May 19. “When vulnerable households can access a system that protects them from shocks, human development indicators such as nutritional status and school enrollment are very likely to improve over time and Niger’s economy stands to gain from higher productivity.”
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