On December 6, 2017, OASIS Initiative's Nouhou Abdoul Moumouni spoke on a radio talk show, discussing the "Demographic dividend: the role of traditional leaders and their contribution to its realization."
We need a programme specifically designed for the Sahel – a formal compact between the nations and the international community. Analysis from my institute, which has projects supporting governments in 12 African countries, shows that the problem in fragile states is that donor aid is often less effective because it lacks buy-in from the national leadership and they do not have the capacity to use the aid well.
Dr. Mardhiyyah Abbas and Margaret Bolaji will speak on their work at the Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE). Since 2007, CGE has worked to advance adolescent girls’ education and empowerment in Northern Nigeria through innovative programming, advocacy, applied research, and strategic partnerships. CGE has been a pioneer in the adaptation of the safe space methodology to girls’ need for strengthened core academic competencies and mentored support as they attend understaffed and underfunded rural schools. CGE is a joint program of the Federal University Bernin Kebbi and the OASIS Initiative, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley.
To date, the full range and impact of climate solutions have not been explained in a way that bridges the divide between urgency and agency. Thus the aspirations of people who want to enact meaningful solutions remain largely untapped.
Click to view highlights from OASIS Initiative’s Population & Resilience course 2017
For 29 students completing a Masters 2 in Nutrition and Food Security, the topic of demography was something that had not come up in their academic program at University Abdou Moumouni in Niger. Ask them the four primary factors contributing to food security and 100% of them can name the correct answers. But when it comes to how nutrition and food security are impacted by population growth, this was new territory for many.
With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between University Abdou Moumouni, Niger and University of California, Berkeley comes the beginning of a new Center for Excellence in women’s health and empowerment in Niamey, Niger. The primary goals of this center are to strengthen and support local initiatives in the field of voluntary family planning and women's empowerment while putting national and international actors on alert to the need for integrating demographic and socio-economic development. The "Presentation and Purpose of the Agreement" outlined in the MOU describes why UAM and UCB have signed on to this mutually beneficial collaboration.
OASIS Founders Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves, OASIS Program Director Nouhou Abdoul Moumouni and colleagues from our French partner Fondation Ferdi, gave a series of presentations on demographic projections, the link between security and development, and how strategic international aid can help shape the future of the Sahel. Talks were hosted by the U.S. State Dept., the World Bank, the National Defense University and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
This two-minute excerpt of a press conference by Toby Lanzer, who is the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), demonstrates the urgency of acting now to address rapid population growth in the Sahel.
We are happy to announce that the OASIS Initiative was selected for two highly competitive 2016 Gates Global Grand Challenge for Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development awards. This is a testament to the powerful impact our work has on empowering women and girls in the region as well as the innovative nature of our strategies to address complex development challenges.