This review of reviews aimed to assess what interventions, especially group-based interventions, show promise in economically empowering adolescent girls and young women in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). In addition, we examined the promise of specific economic components, combinations of components, and core topics. We searched five databases as well as other sources and identified 2,467 citations, resulting in 17 reviews, 10 of which quantified their results. We found too little evidence to classify any of the examined interventions as clearly “effective.” None of the reviews found negative effects or harmful findings, however. Most intervention–outcome pairings were unknown; that is, they were not examined by reviews. While we identified some intervention approaches that were promising, the review findings suggest extensive research gaps in terms of program content, implementation, and measurement.
Haberland, Nicole, Thomas de Hoop, Sapna Desai, Sarah Engebretsen, and Thoai Ngo. 2021. "Adolescent girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment programs: Emerging insights from a review of reviews," ECWG Working Paper 03. Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups.