This project, whose collaborators included CARE, the Centre for Operations Research and Training, and the Population Council, tested the impact of economic skills training among girls in a slum in Allahabad, India. Recognizing the relative disadvantage of adolescent girls, the study aimed to build an evidence base for adolescent livelihoods programs. Participating girls and their parents welcomed the program, and the baseline survey clearly indicated the appropriateness of an intervention that addresses the capabilities and opportunities available to adolescent girls—including both vocational training and savings schemes. However, few girls turned their new skills into economic gain, in part because of social barriers that impede girls' access to economic markets. The report recommends that vocational training programs combine family and community sensitization with training to enhance adolescent girls' economic participation.
Sebastian, Mary Philip, Monica J. Grant, and Barbara Mensch. 2004. "Integrating adolescent livelihood activities within a reproductive health programme for urban slum dwellers in India," Final report. New Delhi: Population Council.