We are The OASIS Initiative (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel / Organiser l'Avancement des Solutions au Sahel). We aim to build the evidence base and local leadership necessary to overcome the most serious development challenges in the Sahel region of Africa. Learn more about our three pillars below. Join the Friends of the Sahel Network listserv to get updates of our work!


Why the Sahel?

Please take a minute to consider this: over the next 30 to 40 years in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, between 100 and 200 million people are likely to be without sustainable food supplies. This was the conclusion of the OASIS@Berkeley conference at the University of California in September 2012. The meeting convened a multidisciplinary group of experts from Africa and North America, who asked what will happen in the Sahel when new projections of global warming are combined with rapid population growth. The meeting report can be accessed via the link below.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is today.

For some, the seed of the Sahel will be planted today—as you read the evidence in the report linked below. For others, your seed of dedication to the region started years ago—when you chose to work on similar solutions in the region. Whatever level of expertise and experience you bring, now is the time to get together on the Sahel—to develop a stronger, more effective voice—to present clear evidence and expectations for investment, policies and programs at-scale in the region.

Access the report here!

Meet the Leadership Team

Malcolm Potts

Alisha Graves

Abdoul Moumouni Nouhou
Director, OASIS Niger

Paige Passano
Director, Sahel Leadership Program

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