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Decentralised cooperation between Coulaines in France and Kouré rural municipality in Niger


Partner(s), EU: Coulaines, Sarthe department, France

Partner(s), developing country: Kouré rural municipality, Kollo department, Niger

Access to water for market garden development with the aim of ensuring that the essential needs of the population of Kouré, a rural municipality comprising 27 villages, are met.
Decentralised cooperation, a cooperation approach based on bringing the populations of two territories closer in order to jointly build sustainable and solidarity-based development, is here aimed at providing all the villages in Koré with drinking water, improving inhabitants' living conditions through access to water and ensuring food self-sufficiency by developing market gardening.

Period of reference: October 2009


Total resources (€): Budget for 2009 : EUR 28 000

Sources: the Council of the Sarthe department, the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, SIDERM, Kouré rural municipality and Coulaines municipality for a 35% contribution, i.e.EUR 9 800.
Our partner for awareness-raising and information on the water tax is the DANA SARAH association.


Number of beneficiaries: Five villages of Kouré rural municipality: Karabédji, Kouré centre, Baboussayé, Sina Koara and Kokoarey.



Kouré rural municipality is located some 60 km south east of Niamey, the capital of Niger. It covers 27 villages. The population (30 530 inhabitants, 2007 census) survives essentially by growing millet, cowpea, sorghum, maize, sesame, groundnut, sorrel and Bambara groundnut. Water equipment is of limited technical performance (low rate of flow, interruptions, hydraulic system breakdowns) and is inadequate to meet the needs of the population. Access to water is a precondition for developing market gardening.



Enabling the population of Kouré rural municipality to exploit their natural resources, firstly by repairing existing supply systems, and secondly by drilling new wells. Subsequently, erecting solar panels to power water supply pumps. With a view to exporting crops, laying down a 5km laterite trail to facilitate access to the vegetable-growing area. Lastly, to develop new market gardens to cover the population's requirements.



Describe implementation process, activities, (expected) outcomes or results and prospects.
The choice of the consultants was announced on 15 December 2010, and a contract was signed with Kouré rural municipality on 14 February 2011.
Between 26 May and 4 June 2011, BERIA consultants, located in Niamey, carried out a technical feasibility study on restoring the small-scale drinking water systems supplying the villages of Sina Kouara, Kokoarey, Kouré centre, Karabédji and Baboussayé.
In August 2011, BERIA consultants submitted an estimate for restoring and constructing small-scale water systems. The estimated total cost of this work is EUR 159 550.
On 9 September 2011, a tendering procedure was launched for a contractor to carry out the work.
BERIA consultants is responsible for training service technicians, elected local representatives and local stakeholders. The skills transfer in terms of project supervision will provide for consistent and fair water management and put infrastructure on a permanent footing.



Coulaines Town Hall
Square Weyhe


Christophe ROUILLON
Mayor of Coulaines, responsible for European affairs, Member of the Committee of the Regions


Patrick Runget
Municipal Councillor dealing with decentralised cooperation

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