Capital: Niamey; GDP grouth (annual %) 2016 : 5.0%;
Key Facts

Full name: The Republic of Niger
Population: 16 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)
Major languages: French (official), Arabic, Hausa, Songhai
Major religions: Islam, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 55 years (men), 56 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Uranium, livestock products
GNI per capita: US $370 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .ne
International dialling code: +227


  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Classroom at the rural primary school Ecole Keur Madaro near Thies, Senegal.


    Over the last 15 years, West African governments and the international community have been successful at expanding access to primary schooling and from presently on, a ground-breaking regional learning assessment has revealed that the quality of education has remained elusive. The majority of children surveyed were not acquiring the basic literacy and math skills that are crucial for building human capital in the region.

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Outlook for 2013-14


    The country (Niger) is situated in Western Africa and southeast of Algeria. is predominately desert plains and sand dunes; flat to rolling plains in south; hills in north.Niger ien land covers an area of 1267000 km².
    The climate is desert and mostly hot and dry, dusty. It is tropical in extreme south.Nigerien(s)speak French (official), Hausa, Djerma.

    Outlook for 2013-14

    The president, Mahamadou Issoufou, and his Parti nigérien pour la démocratie et le socialisme (PNDS), along with the other political parties that support him in the legislature, will maintain their majority in the National Assembly over the estimate period.

    The government is expected to follow the economic policy recommendations under its new IMF programme, which aim to increase macroeconomic stability and the country's resilience to external shocks. The Economist Intelligence Unit forecasts real GDP increase to jump to 9.4% in 2012 before settling back down to 5.5% in 2013.