Niger is at a crossroads in West Africa, sharing a border with Mali, Algeria, Libya and Nigeria. As French forces moved into Mali, regional analysts fear that many terrorist groups moved into neighboring countries, including Niger. The expansive desert terrain and natural resources of the African nation make it an ideal territory for these groups.
It is critical to the security and economic development of Niger that citizens' voices are heard. IFES is working with local partners to increase awareness of the risks and rights of workers in the extractive resources industry, including uranium, oil and gold. IFES is also working to develop partnerships between civil society organizations and government to ensure citizens understand and participate in resource management decisions.
This podcast features Stephanie Buell, IFES' Program Coordinator for Niger, as she discusses the opportunities and challenges Nigeriens face regarding the management of their natural resources.