Niger

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#28
5

Communities at risk

Djerema-sonhai, Hausa, Tuaregs

Summary

Niger continues to be roiled by escalating conflict concentrated in the Liptako Gourma border area with Mali and Burkina Faso. Particularly in Tillabéri region, ISIS and al-Qaeda-linked fighters have exploited local grievances, expanded recruitment and launched numerous deadly attacks on Nigerien security personnel and civilians, who have suffered from an increased use of roadside improvised… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2020 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts2
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0092
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance7.8
Rise of factionalized elites8.9
Voice and Accountability-0.585
Political Stability-1.261
Rule of Law-0.580
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL13.18

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Niger continues to be roiled by escalating conflict concentrated in the Liptako Gourma border area with Mali and Burkina Faso. Particularly in Tillabéri region, ISIS and al-Qaeda-linked fighters have
exploited local grievances, expanded recruitment and launched numerous deadly attacks on Nigerien security personnel and civilians, who have suffered from an increased use of roadside improvised explosive devices. After abandoning a population outreach-based counterinsurgency strategy, a redoubled military response in late 2019 and early 2020 by Nigerien troops with French support has resulted in mounting civilian casualties. COVID-19 restrictions risk fanning the flames of conflict as well: violent demonstrations against mosque closures at the start of Ramadan have benefitted jihadist efforts to discredit the state. Another cause for concern is the apparent expansion of operations to Tillabéri by Nigeria-based Boko Haram fighters active in Niger’s far southeastern Diffa region.