Niger

ProDEC — Advise to decentralisation and good governance 


Against the backdrop of a feable economy with high population growth and an increasing influx of migrants which, in the country's arid and semi-arid zones, press on the fragile resource base, hopes for political stability and socio-economic development strongly rest on the decentralisation process.

In addition to the four areas of responsibility that were deferred to communities in 2016: water and sewage, health, elementary education and environment, communal planning in this context must also address a set of cross-cutting issues such as peace and security, migration, disaster prevention and nutrition security at a time. On the basis of the national decentralisation policy framework document 2012-2022 and the related five-year-plans the project assists the country through capacitation in the process of communal development planning, i.a. budget administration by local authorities and technical qualification of their staff. A special focus of the project is on promoting civil participation in communal processes and services.

This is also with a view to reducing potential conflicts, introducing mediation mechanisms, creating confidence in political decision-making and well operating civil services, and thus nourishing a democratic attitude and conscious civil society that will also be at stake in 2021, when the first elections after 2004 will take place.

ECO Consult and GOPA work on improving the conditions for deferring competencies to decentral authorities. In the area of supporting civil participation in comunities we assist 

  • communities in further developing existing civil participation mechanisms, in qualitative and quantitative terms, up until their institutionalisation. 

  • local authorities to become capable of managing communal planning, budgeting and accountability processes and see for an adequate citizens' participation. Issues such as gender equality, climate change adaptation, migration and security need to be integrated into the planning process. Councils must be empowered to administer their large communities across distances with their limited financial resources and staff, in order they can, in addition to providing basic services, also cope with intercommunal issues.

  • communities in inter-communal cooperation, which has hitherto rather been confined to sporadic projects, in favour of a sustainable, cross-cutting and institutionalised model.  

Time span
2018 – 2020

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cooperation partner
GOPA Consultants