Additional Funds for COVID-19 Response and Infrastructure in Niger

On August 6, 2020, the World Bank approved USD 250 million in International Development Association (IDA) credit and grants for Niger. The funds are supposed to help the West African country to develop its human capital and to address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new funding is part of a program series targeted at reducing gender gaps and providing cash transfers to households affected by the pandemic. As limited access to key infrastructure is a huge challenge in Niger, the program will also support expanding access to electricity and potable water. According to Joelle Dehasse, World Bank Country Manager for Niger:

“The new program will help the Government pursue the reforms started to create enabling conditions for sustained and accelerated medium-term growth and tackle key structural challenges.”