Our Mission

Venture Strategies for Health and Development aims

to help stabilize global population by

securing women’s freedom to choose their family size.


Upholding women’s rights is intrinsically good – it’s also a prerequisite for stabilizing global population and ensuring a sustainable planet. Read our take on why population is sexy and serious.


VSHD is unique in leveraging university knowledge and
leadership in high-fertility countries to accelerate demographic change.
We invite you to visit one or both of our main programs: Optio and the OASIS Initiative. 


Optio aims to improve the reproductive health options of women around the world. Through harm reduction strategies and advocacy for policy change, we empower women with the knowledge and tools needed to control their fertility and improve their reproductive health. Visit our site to learn more.

The OASIS Initiative aims to help catalyze a demographic transition in the Sahel region of Africa. Our three pillars are: educate and empower adolescent girls, expand access to voluntary family planning, and adapt agriculture to climate change. Join the Friends of the Sahel Network to receive updates on our work.