MAG’s programme in Niger started as a pilot in 2018 and has been fully registered since 2019. MAG is working in collaboration with the Niger National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Weapons to improve the population of Niger.
Why we work in Niger
Due to Niger’s long and porous borders with Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Algeria and Nigeria, it has become a primary transit route for arms, ammunition and people trafficking. In the last three years, the conflict of the Lake Chad region and the Malian crisis have had a negative impact in Niger, resulting in inter-ethnic conflicts, in addition to attacks of non-state armed groups in the regions of Diffa, Tilaberi and Tahoua.
How we help
MAG’s work will benefit the Nigerien population by reducing the risks of unplanned explosions, which reduces the physical threat to civilians and infrastructure. Controlling weapons and ammunitions proliferation also reduces the potential for their use in conflicts and incidents of armed violence.
MAG works in collaboration with the Niger National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Weapons (CNCCAI) to help prevent fatal incidents by keeping ammunition and weapons in safe and secure storage areas. MAG also provides training, capacity building and learning in order to minimise the chances and impacts of accidents.