This year’s program brought together 29 participants from Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania. The momentum generated during the weeklong intensive training will be followed by a structured mentoring program, a country-specific group dissemination project and engagement in the SLP network. The OASIS Initiative and partners are seeking continued support to ensure the goal of a critical mass of emerging leaders is achieved through a minimum 10-year commitment to the program. At the opening and closing ceremonies, Dr. Djimé Adoum charged the group to leave the progam with “lots of spice in their bellies” to make change across the region and invited participants to strengthen their links with CILSS in order to become involved in the many region-wide programs they are launching in 2016. The SLP 2017 intensive training is planned for next January in Niamey, Niger.