Proyecto piloto de apoyo a la inserción socioprofesional de menores presos (PAPJ) (ingl.)

This project promotes the social and professional integration of vulnerable young people aged between 14 and 25, with or without formal education, in the regions of Niamey, Dosso,  Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder.
Dosso, niger
Maradi, niger
Tahoua, niger
zinder; niger
Duración del proyecto
2021 - 2022
Financiado por

Since 2014, juvenile justice in Niger has been institutionalised and a Directorate of Juvenile Justice has been established. Despite this significant progress, the situation of minors in conflict with the law has changed little and the issue of their reintegration remains crucial. For example, more than 90 % of detained minors are released after six months without trial and without support for their socio-professional reintegration. 

This project therefore focuses on the following objectives:

  • Detained minors and minors at risk (in conflict with the law, victims of abuse, etc.) acquire technical, entrepreneurial and life skills to pursue an economic activity.
  •  Minors released from detention centres and minors at risk are supported in their integration into working life.


The project supports the reintegration of minors who have committed crimes. During their time in prison, they get the opportunity to acquire new skills. This enables them to develop their potential through a business project that they can implement after their release through individual support.

In addition, the project offers an alternative to incarceration for minors. Instead of incarceration, the youths start a socio-professional integration process so that they acquire technical and practical life skills that enable them to pursue a profession.

Swisscontact supports municipalities in implementing initial vocational training in the agricultural (food processing, plant and animal production) sector and service industries.

These practical short-term training courses enable young beneficiaries to acquire technical skills to be able to carry out an activity linked to the local economy. Sectors are identified after a training needs analysis in consultation with beneficiaries and local stakeholders (communities, beneficiaries' families, family businesses, private companies, etc.) and taking into account the local security situation.


Expected results

  • 500 youth prisoners and 1,000 at-risk minors acquire technical, entrepreneurial and life skills for new economic activities
  • Minors released from prisons are accompanied towards their integration into working life.
  • Local actors at regional and municipal level in the intervention regions are involved in selecting the training courses, identifying the young beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluating the training courses and following up the beneficiaries after the training.