The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) intervention was conducted over two years to support more than 11,000 vulnerable adolescent girls in Zambia. It was led by the Population Council in partnership with the Young Women’s Christian Association of Zambia (YWCA), the National Savings and Credit Bank of Zambia (Natsave), and the Government of Zambia. To assess the impact of AGEP on mediating and longer-term demographic, reproductive, and health outcomes, Population Council researchers designed and implemented a longitudinal, cluster randomized controlled trial across all program areas. This brief presents the final AGEP findings, highlighting, in the Zambian context, what can be changed for girls through a girl-level intervention that focuses on building social, health, and economic assets. The program was successfully able to improve sexual and reproductive health knowledge and self-efficacy, however, additional interventions are needed to: 1) address social and cultural norms on girls’ education, rights, and values at the household, school, and community levels; and 2) address the underlying economic constraints that might prevent girls from participating and/or fully benefiting from the program.
Austrian, Karen, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Natalie Jackson Hachonda, and Paul C. Hewett. 2018. "Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP): Health," brief. Lusaka: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program