HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Good governance» in Niger
The people of the West African Sahel country of Niger face frequent droughts and famine. They suffer from food shortages, chronic malnutrition and epidemics. In the UN Human Development Index, Niger shares ranks second to last. HEKS/EPER has been working in Niger since the great drought of the 1970s and, together with local partner organizations, is improving food security, access to land and the preservation of natural resources. Over the long term, development projects are leading to improved living conditions and supporting beneficiaries in better preparing themselves for future droughts. HEKS/EPER and its partners supply humanitarian aid during acute food crises.
In 2020, HEKS/EPER secured collective access for 52 400 people to 2462.5 hectares of land to be used for agricultural production or as livestock corridors. Some 5400 small farmers were trained in sustainable agriculture. A total of 9300 people were connected to the existing water supply network, including some 2400 pupils and 2850 patients at health centres.
A properly functioning State is transparent and accountable in that it ensures legal certainty, peace, human rights and participation and creates economic and social conditions that ensure the population's well-being. HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations strive to ensure that civil society is involved in economic and political processes – more specifically also minorities and other communities on the fringes of society, as inclusive governance fosters stability and sustainability.
Promoting local development
HEKS/EPER supports rural community initiatives in Grand'Anse to promote rural development, improved income, food security, access to services and community governance.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
Stable livelihoods for farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports the rural population in the Maradi and Zinder regions in building up profitable and sustainable agricultural production and in livestock farming.
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.