The overall objective of this project is to “strengthen the resilience of young people to violent extremism and promote long-term stability in northern Tillabéri.“
This project is implemented in five (5) municipalities in the Tillabéri region (Abala, Ayorou, Banibangou, Bankilaré, Sanam). This first phase of the project funded by USAID for a period of 22 months (March 31, 2020, to January 31, 2022) is implemented in partnership with the local association ComDev, works with the High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace (HACP), the Governorate of Tillabéri, the councils of young people, local conflict management structures, community radios and young leaders.
The market analysis conducted as part of the preparatory phase of the “On est ensemble” project aims to present an inventory of local economic needs and opportunities in the project’s target areas.
The principal objective of this analysis is to identify economic opportunities with the capacity to bring together young people from communities in conflict in a collaborative framework.
Market assessment approach
This market analysis was based on a combination of homogeneous group discussion exercises (men, women and youth), consumer surveys, surveys of traders and sellers and interviews with key informants. The main results of this market assessment are structured under the following key points:
- Mainly insecurity has had a considerable impact on the economic dynamism of this region, which was highly dependent on its agricultural production, particularly rice, the exploitation of gold mines and tourism. In the opinion of the traders who were questioned in these localities, their businesses are in a situation of expansion for 46% of them, is stable for 33% and it is in reduction for 21% of them. Disparities exist between municipalities, as highlighted in the report ;
- Also, it emerges from this collection of data that a number of common consumer goods and services are regularly subject to shortages in these localities, such as fruits and vegetables, fresh products such as milk and fish, building materials (cement in particular), manufactured products and certain services such as money transfer or TV subscription devices (mainly in Banibangou),
- Local ecosystems are confronted with a multitude of easily imaginable difficulties, including the closing of markets and borders, the advanced deterioration of communication channels, the psychosis that hampers any economic or, more precisely, survival initiative, the weakness of the power of purchasing and consumer mentality issues among others;
- Entrepreneurship ideas likely to strengthen coexistence between young people were mentioned and the most recurrent are the establishment of food processing units, cattle and sheep fattening, creation of market gardening sites, cereal banks, livestock feed banks, fish farming, transformation of agricultural debris into animal feed or fertilizer, cash for work, the tannery. Vocational training is also likely to empower and reduce EV risk.