Livable Cities Niger
This program, implemented by HealthBridge partner Peaceful Roads, focuses on achieving outcomes in three main areas:
- Pedestrian Rights - Walking is an unsafe, unpleasant experience in Niamey as there are no footpaths on most of the roads and where they do exist, they are of low quality materials, degraded and/or occupied for other purposes. Peaceful Roads is working with local government officials and parliamentarians to ensure all future development plans have specific measures to encourage walking.
- Parks and Open Public Spaces - Parks are important areas for physical activity and relaxation, which reduces stress, mental disorders, and health inequities as well as air pollution. Parks also increase social cohesion and provide space for interaction between neighbours. However, despite their many benefits, parks and open spaces have not been a priority for policy-makers in Niger. Peaceful Roads is working with local community groups to pilot test innovative park infrastructure changes. They are also working with local and national government to develop supportive open public spaces policies.
- Local Public Markets - Local public markets serve the community in numerous ways, including acting as a main trading centre where people can earn a living, creating social spaces in neighbourhoods for locals to meet and interact with one another and linking rural and urban communities. Peaceful Roads is conducting a research study to better understand the quality and the quantity of local public markets in Niamey.
- Peaceful Roads
- Increased number of pedestrian policies in the five (5) municipal development plans of Niamey;
- Increased financial investment for pedestrian infrastructure in the five municipal budgets;
- Increased media awareness and reporting on pedestrian issues;
- Increased number of open public spaces infrastructure changes;
- Increased awareness of the media and general public about the importance of open public spaces;
- Increased open public spaces policies;
- Increased understanding of the quality and quantity of the local public markets in Niamey.