The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a non-governmental, non-sectarian, humanitarian organization established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the specific purposes of community development, disaster relief and rehabilitation. ADRA Niger belongs to the worldwide ADRA network, comprised of 120 supporting and implementing country offices. ADRA’s mission is to work with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. ADRA is a professional, learning and efficient network that embodies integrity and transparency and reaches across boundaries to achieve measurable, documented, and durable changes in lives and society.
ADRA has a 26-year history in the country of Niger. Beginning with programs in education and WASH ADRA Niger added a major focus on food security after the 2005 crisis. Emergency response activities were conducted in partnership with other organizations during the crises in 2008 and 2010 as well. This has strengthened ADRA Niger’s relationships and credibility with the government and communities in which we work.
The core sectors of the ADRA network include Food Security; Water & Sanitation; Health; Economic Growth; Education; and Emergency Management. ADRA Niger has experience in all of these sectors with particular emphasis on Food Security, Education and Emergency Management.
ADRA Niger’s expertise is in food security, agriculture, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, with particular emphasis on issues that impact women and girls. In 2011, ADRA Niger’s primary education project will celebrate its 20th year.
Working with Communities
ADRA employs a series of interventions to address community needs and implement programs. Many of these are industry best practices and lessons learned as well as approaches and techniques developed by ADRA Niger.
|Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration||The fostering of carefully selected naturally occurring trees in and around fields.|
|Crop Residue Mulching||The simple technique of leaving the stalks and other crop residue in the field to act as composting mulch.|
|Multi-Purpose Trees||The planting of multi-purpose trees that fix soil and moisture, add biomass to the soil, and serve the added purpose of income from firewood or edible leaves or seeds, or both.|
|Community Development Leadership Councils||21-member, elected councils serving in each village lead discussions on the development of its population. Each CDLC does an assessment, makes a plan, and implements projects to work toward its own food security. Communities then exchange with each other to share successes and lessons learned.|
|Agriculture Extension Agents||A key to uptake is an intensive presence in the field by AEAs, that live in the areas where they work and spend time in each of the villages for which they are responsible at least twice a week. They guide the process, introduce the techniques, and report the successes as they gain the confidence of the population.|
|Counter-Season Food Production||Surface water and cost-effective irrigation make it possible to add to food security with produce grown outside of the rainy season.|
|Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene||In order to safeguard the gains made by increasing food security and nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene must be a part of the communities’ plan to address food security.|
Organizational and Managerial Capacity
In 2010, ADRA Niger had a staff of 150 employees in four offices across the country, including field offices and the country office in Niamey. Our administrative staff is comprised of expatriates with diverse experience as well as highly qualified local Nigeriens. ADRA Niger currently operates in four regions of Niger.
Partnerships and Participation
ADRA is one of the 15 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide that have a global partnership with the World Food Programme. In 2010, ADRA Niger was able to work directly with WFP and UNICEF in a nine month emergency response to the food insecurity situation in the region of Tahoua. During this time, 24,000 children, ages 6-24 months, were supplied with supplementary rations, and numerous other distributions to backstop this effort were carried out.
In 2010, ADRA Niger partnered with thirteen different partners and donors. Building the capacity of our local partners and national staff is a key aspect of our organizational goals for sustainable development in Niger.