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UNHCR Niger Quarterly Factsheet: Urbanization Project (October - December 2018)

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The Urbanization project is an original and innovative project, launched by UNHCR and the European Union Trust Fund in 2017, for a period of 3 years. The project aims to facilitate the transition of operations from humanitarian interventions, towards ‘Development’, working on the logic of strengthening the nexus between the two.

The project has been developed on the basis of a model which simultaneously ensures legal access to land for housing for refugees, while revitalising the local economy which has been deeply affected by the Boko Haram conflict in the region. The general objective is to create an environment which is favourable to entrepreneurship, to the development of competencies and the creation of employment throughout the region of Diffa.

With a particular focus on the process of decentralization, the project supports the ownership of the locally elected authorities of the process of urban planning including the creation of land parcels, as well as legal land ownership for displaced and host populations. The project also strengthens their capacities in terms of resource mobilisation.

The project contributes to stability in the region, addressing the integration and absorption capacity of the host population, as well as the economic stability and peaceful coexistence.


  • More than 700 jobs created during the reporting period following trainings at the sites in Diffa,
    Chetimari and N’Guigmi
  • 325 people have access to the formal economy and financial services thanks to accounts with the microfinance institution ASUSU and the BIA bank since the beginning of the project
  • 560 houses under construction at the Diffa urbanization site (191 completed)
  • 216 houses under construction at the urbanization site of Chetimari (108 completed)
  • 302 houses completed at the urbanization site of N’Guigmi