World Vision started its work in Niger in 1973, with a significant relief intervention that helped those affected by drought. During the 1980s, strict government regulations dissuaded many relief agencies, including World Vision, from intervening in Niger. In 1995 World Vision returned to Niger to establish long-term transformational development and advocacy projects, as well as responding to emergency situations.
WV Niger utilizes area development programmes (ADPs) as the primary instrument for long-term, integrated, and sustainable development. Currently, 20 ADPs directly serve around 43,000 registered children in clustered communities through the integration of WASH activities, health clinics, education, food security and emergency response. This means that often where wells are being drilled, schools are reinforcing good hygiene practices, health centres are treating waterborne illnesses, and the implementation of effective water management practices is delivering irrigation to small gardens to improve food security. In addition to the registered children, more than 400,000 other individuals, including their families and communities, indirectly benefit from these programs.