Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Strengthening municipal structures
Germany is assisting the Niger in developing local governance structures in a variety of ways. For instance, development plans have been drawn up for projects in selected municipalities. All groups within society were involved in drawing up these plans.
At the national level, German experts are advising the Niger government and the national planning ministry on drafting a decentralisation strategy and developing pertinent guidelines.
One key task for the Niger government is the redistribution of funds, i.e. the transfer of funding from the national level to regional levels of government. Germany is supporting ANFICT, the agency for financing local and regional authorities. The authority is responsible for managing various support budgets centrally and for ensuring that spending is transparent so that local communities have sufficient funding.
An investment fund for decentralised authorities (Fonds d’Investissements des Collectivités décentralisées, FICOD), which is managed by KfW Development Bank, provides municipalities with the necessary funding to improve economic, social and public infrastructure. GIZ, acting on behalf of the BMZ, is offering advisory services and training opportunities for local government representatives. This enables them to draw up their own local development plans and apply for financial support under the Fund. The funding is used, for example, to build schools, repair health centres and bus stations, set up markets and construct access routes from villages to trunk roads.