In 1994, World Vision came to Niger with the objective of establishing longer-term community based projects focused on health, education and the protection of children, as well as responding to emergency food needs when necessary. A strategic decision was made to focus, over the coming years, on the areas of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), health and nutrition, food security, education and vocational training.
World Vision Niger (WVN) operates in the regions of Niamey, Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillaberi and Zinder (six out of eight regions) from 13 sub-offices; using both the Area Development Programming Approach (ADP) and implementing projects funded through grants. The ADP model is a long term, multi-sectorial approach concentrating initiatives on vulnerable communities within a targeted zone for efficiency and maximum impact. WVN works in 21 ADPs dispersed in urban and rural areas including five in Niamey, four in Maradi, three in Tahoua, six in Tillaberi, and three in Zinder.
These ADPs are supported by an experienced team comprised of 258 full time staff, including 198 men and 60 women. WV Niger has 13 sub-offices located within Niamey, Torodi, Talladje, Tillaberi, Tera, Isame, Ouallam, Maradi, Gobir Yama, Chadakouari, Tahoua, Damagaram Takaya and Zinder with a main office located in Niamey. Two major multiyear projects are being implemented by WV Niger: An USAID grant on resilience in the Maradi region and a WHO grant on health community based management in Dosso region.
WV Niger programming is funded through Child Sponsorship and Private Non-Sponsorship Awards (PNS) comprised approximately 71% and 2% respectively of the FY14 budget for WVN with the remainder 27% being supplied by Grant Awards from various governments and multilateral structures including World Food Program, WHO, and UNICEF. WV Niger continues to diversify its portfolio and contribute to both development and humanitarian agendas.