Through the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP), the Population Council and partners implemented a social, health, and economic asset-building program in Zambia for over 11,000 vulnerable adolescent girls aged 10–19 years. The AGEP intervention was comprised of three major components: 1) weekly safe spaces groups in which girls met once a week for two years for training on sexual and reproductive health, life skills, and financial education; 2) a health voucher that girls could use at contracted private and public facilities for general wellness and sexual and reproductive health services; and 3) a savings account that was designed by the National Savings and Credit Bank of Zambia (Natsave) specifically to be girl-friendly. This brief presents results from the program, which indicate that AGEP set participants on the path of long-term regular savings behavior. In addition, savings accounts remained a motivation for savings behavior—whether formal or informal—even two years after the financial-literacy and regular group meetings ended.
Austrian, Karen, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Natalie Jackson Hachonda, and Paul C. Hewett. 2018. "Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP): Financial literacy and savings—Two-year follow-up," brief. Lusaka: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program