Monday, August 7, 2017
Niger's long-term challenges.
President Mahamadou Issoufou on August 3 warned that Niger’s high birth rate of 7.5 children per woman could threaten the country’s future. Uneducated and uncared-for youth could become a “menace to social cohesion and prosperity”, he said. Niger is second from bottom (187th out of 188 countries) in the UNDP Human Development Index. Long-term challenges, such as population growth, climate change and insecurity spillover, loom ahead.
- The south-east will struggle with humanitarian problems, because of the overspill impact of the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
- An experimental national programme of cash welfare support for the poorest has had some positive results but failed to reduce malnutrition.
- The government will struggle to reconcile heavy spending on defence with investment in health, education and economic development.