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Strengthen & amplify local voices

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN WOMEN'S HEALTH & EMPOWERMENT IS BORN

We know that expertise and passion are built by meaningful, practical experience in the field and through close contact with inspirational leaders. In the Sahel region, local champions with this expertise and passion are needed to support family planning efforts that will have a critical impact on women’s health, empowerment, and the region’s development.  To this end, a new partnership was announced that marks an important step forward: a Center of Excellence in women’s health and empowerment.

 
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build the evidence base

ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH FOR THE SAHEL WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND PROJECT (SWEDD)

The World Bank's SWEDD Project is designed to better understand the causes of early marriage, and to design, evaluate, and scale up family planning and interventions strengthening alternatives to early marriage in six countries in the region. SWEDD's ultimate goal is to help increase young women's productivity and earnings through delayed marriage, so as to better situate regions to reap a demographic dividend. The World Bank invited OASIS' Daniel Perlman to use an ethnographic approach to investigate the causes of early marriage.

 
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wake up the world

ADVOCATING FOR FAMILY PLANNING IN THE UNITED NATIONS STRATEGIC RESPONSE PLAN FOR THE SAHEL 

UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNCOHA) 2014-2016 response plan has a nearly one billion dollar shortfall. Meanwhile, the plan's executive summary states "despite a 1% increase in overall crop yield (over the last five year average), the per capita yield declined by 13% due to population growth." That plan does not include reproductive health services. And yet decades of evidence show that upholding a women's right to make choices about family size results in meaningful changes in national-level demography. OASIS is making the case for inclusion of family planning in the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel.