people in Niger don't have access to safe water.

17 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Niger.

6,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Niger.

Niger is the largest country in West Africa but also one of the least developed. Much of it is desert and droughts are common, making accessing water difficult.

The crisis

Niger's extremely dry climate and a history of political instability have left 8 million people – almost half the population – without access to safe water. Many people have no choice but to collect unsafe water from unsafe sources.

Even worse, over 17 million people don't have access to a proper toilet – nearly 90% of the population.

These problems have a big impact on health and many children don’t survive. 10,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene in Niger. A lack of these basics is also holding back development, preventing adults from working and children from going to school.

Our approach

To address the dry climate and lack of services, WaterAid's work in Niger focuses on water security. We aim to ensure that the poorest people have enough water for their basic daily needs all year round.

We work closely with local governments, supporting them to develop plans to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services in their areas. This is more likely to lead to effective, lasting improvements.

We also engage with communities, through local partners, to understand their needs. Involving communities in the design and management of water points and toilets helps ensure they are sustainable.

In Niger last year we reached:

  • 13,000 people with safe water
  • 7,000 people with improved sanitation.