Western & Central Africa
Niger faces chronic vulnerability due to poverty, demographic pressure and recurrent shocks like droughts, floods, epidemics and high food prices. In 2013, 4.2 million people were food-insecure, 1.5 million were at risk of epidemics, and 233.000 people were affected by floods. Niger has faced extreme climatic variability: heavy rainfall of 2010, drought in 2011 and exceptional rainfall in 2012. In the context of Niger, the climatic hazards are amplified by aggravating factors such as household poverty, the inadequacy of building materials, inadequacy or absence of an urban development plan, etc.
In 2013, at the government request, the CADRI Partnership facilitated a national DRR capacity assessment exercise with a strong emphasis on preparedness for emergency response and institutional arrangements. The prioritization process supported by the CADRI Partnership resulted in the articulation of a National Action Plan for strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Emergency Response (2015 -2018) endorsed in March 2015.