We are The OASIS Initiative — Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel. Our mission is to help accelerate a demographic transition in the Sahel region of Africa. We aim to build the evidence base and local leadership necessary to overcome the most serious development challenges in the Sahel. Join the Friends of the Sahel Network listserv to get quarterly updates of our work!

Why care about population?


Why the Sahel?

Please take a minute to consider this: The population of the Sahel will grow by more than two and a half times by the middle of the century. At the same time, climate change will have serious negative effects on people's ability to grow staple crops - risking the food security of a region of over 300 million people. This was the conclusion of the OASIS conference at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. The meeting convened a multidisciplinary group of experts from Africa, Europe and North America, who asked what will happen in the Sahel when new projections of global warming are combined with rapid population growth. The meeting report can be accessed via the link below.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is today. It's not too late to change the trajectory of life in the Sahel for the better.

For some, this may be the first time you are reading about the challenges facing the Sahel. For others, your dedication to the Sahel started years ago—when you chose to work on similar solutions in the region. Whatever level of expertise and experience you bring, now is the time to get together on the Sahel: to develop a stronger, more effective voice and to present clear evidence and expectations for investment, policies and programs at-scale in the region.

Access the report here!