Our Mission

The OASIS Initiative is Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel. Our mission is to help accelerate a demographic transition in the Sahel region of Africa. The OASIS Initiative is building the evidence base and local leadership necessary to overcome the most serious development challenges in the Sahel.

We are focused on three “pillars” critical for the region: 1) educate and empower adolescent girls, 2) expand access to voluntary family planning, and 3) adapt agricultural practices to climate change.


1. Strengthen and amplify local voices. Build research, implementation and leadership capacity in the region. Promote local leadership in international advocacy.

2. Build the evidence base. Collaborate on research in the region, with a focus on effective, integrated and scalable approaches.

3. Wake up the world! Increase awareness of the humanitarian catastrophe projected for the Sahel and advocate for funding commensurate with the challenge.