On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 pm, join Professor Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves of UC Berkeley, along with special guest, Bob Walker, President of the Population Institute, for a presentation and discussion on the demographic implications for food security, stability in the region and unprecedented levels of migration. Learn how evidence-based family planning and girls education policies and programs can help shape the future of the Sahel.
Creating Safe Spaces for Girls in Rural Niger by Rosalind Jones was published on September 13, 2018 in Ms. Magazine.
Highlighting the work of the OASIS Initiative in Nigeria and the expansion of Safe Spaces programming to Niger. Read full article here.
Join the OASIS Initiative (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) and the Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability for a talk by Dr. Nouhou Abdoul Moumouni, Director of OASIS Niger and a champion for women’s empowerment and family planning in the West African Sahel.
Dr. Nouhou will discuss strategies to improve family planning demand in Niger, with a focus on understanding women’s empowerment challenges. The fertility rate in Niger has
been stagnant for the last 25 years at over seven children per woman, despite 20 years of population policy and decline in child mortality. Nouhou will discuss how girls and women’s empowerment influences fertility rates in Niger.
Malcolm Potts of the OASIS Initiative, with Population Media Center's Bill Ryerson, joined Metta Spencer on her panel "How to Save the World in a Hurry" to discuss how family planning and girls education can encourage climate change mitigation and adaptation in a context of rapid population growth.
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.