As a guiding program theory, asset-building centers on the idea that skills, knowledge, relationships, and concrete resources can all constitute assets, or “stores of value,” that girls can, in turn, mobilize to make healthy choices, seek support, navigate institutions, and access entitlements. This approach is inherently multisectoral, rooted in a commitment to prioritize understanding of and respond to the diversity of girls’ needs, capacities, and experiences. The Asset Exercise operationalizes the concept of “asset-building” into concrete terms. The exercise consists of a deck of 100 “asset cards,” and eight “age cards.” Asset cards reflect both intrinsic qualities, concrete knowledge, and practical skills. Participants review cards, and, working as a group, decide at which age girls should possess specific assets. As detailed in this brief, to promote evidence-based approaches to programming with and for adolescent girls affected by emergencies, the Women’s Refugee Commission and the Population Council conducted a joint project to adapt the Building Assets Toolkit and its core activity, the “Asset Exercise,” to serve girls and inform program design in humanitarian contexts.
Women's Refugee Commission and Population Council. 2020. "Adapting the asset exercise for humanitarian contexts," brief. New York: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls' Programming: Community of Practice