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.
The "Room to Grow" award will leverage existing women-centered gardens in Niger — a movement that is growing — to deliver and test an intervention in the Zinder region aimed to improve gender equity, access to family planning, and nutrition. The OASIS Initiative will be managing research and evaluation of the program to assess proof of concept, while partner Population Services International will implement the activities.
The second award will fund a Girls for Health (G4H) initiative in northern Nigeria. This program will support the transition of adolescent girls from secondary school to tertiary training in midwifery, medicine, nursing and other health careers. By addressing the acute shortage of female health workers in rural northern Nigeria, this program will help to lower the region's high rates of early marriage and maternal mortality, which are among the highest in the world.