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The IDEE project, an alternative for migrants in Niger

The Initiative for the Development of Enterprises in Niger project (IDEE) was launched in 2018 with an aim to promote local economic development and raise awareness on the dangers of irregular migration. The project covers the regions of Niamey, Zinder and Tahoua which are considered as transit zones for migrants.

Initiated by the IOM (the International Organization for Migration) and implemented by the Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship in Niger and CIPMEN, the project targets young people aged 30 and under.

The first phase of the project is executed by CIPMEN. This centre selects young people with bright ideas and supports them with expertise in areas including business plan development and networking.

The Italian NGO Terre Solidari provides them with technical support by offering young people the means to train in the field in which they intend to develop their activities.

“Those selected have access to credit if the need is well assessed and it is without guarantee or interest rate. On the other hand, credits for the purchase of equipment are reimbursed at 50%,” said Olivier Ouedraogo the IDEE Project Coordinator.

In two years of activity, this project, which also targets women and people with disabilities, has enabled the selected young people to move on to a new stage in their projects.

“We have also selected other young people in 2019 who are at the idea stage and all these project leaders now have a business in Niger,” he added.

For more information on the IDEE project, contact the CIPMEN: 

Quartier Recasement

3e latérite x Niamey Nyala


+227 20 35 11 02


TMP – 31/01/2020

Photo credit: Adriana Mahdalova, shutterstock

Photo caption: Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya – May 2018: Young man practising plumbing in Don Bosco vocational training centre. Tertiary education for refugees.