For the 1.5 billion adolescents currently living in developing countries (325 million of them living on less than US$1 a day), the transition to becoming economically productive is particularly pivotal. Girls face numerous challenges in making this transition successfully, since in many settings females have less access than males to critical resources such as secondary school education, credit, land, training, and technology, and their labor is often unrecognized and unremunerated. A growing number of organizations and institutions have been using a livelihoods approach (which centers around the capabilities, assets, and activities required for gaining a means of living) to reach and benefit adolescents, but it remains a relatively new field. This working paper reports on a workshop, convened by the Population Council in April 2004, involving experts from around the globe to explore the current state of adolescent girls’ livelihoods programming.
"Building assets for safe, productive lives: A report on a workshop on adolescent girls' livelihoods." New York: Population Council, 2005.
Adolescent Girls' Programming: Community of Practice