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Stretching from Senegal and Mauritania in the west and across Africa to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, the Sahel is a daunting place to work. It suffers from frequent droughts that make agricultural work difficult, and the area also lacks significant natural resources and proper infrastructure.

Right now, we are working on developing a program for the Sahel that will transform the way development is thought about and executed in this region of Africa and, ultimately, throughout the world. We hope to do this through a series of collaborative immersive field prototypes conducted with communities and experts side-by-side. 

What does this really mean? We need your BIG IDEAS!

We have identified five areas and we need solutions that are innovative, cost effective, and have the potential of transforming millions of lives. But how can we move beyond the traditional approaches implemented elsewhere and adapt them to work in this semi-arid region?

Watch the video below to learn more, and then submit your big ideas for the Sahel.

This is an open invitation to anyone and everyone who believes they have an idea that can change the world. 

Tell us your BIG IDEAS for our work in the Sahel.

All submissions will be reviewed by November 1, when we will select the winning idea. So, start thinking about your world-changing plans. And don't forget: there are two ways to submit.

Email us your ideas at or fill out the Google Form


Heifer International

Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.