The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme (AGEP) was a social, health, and economic asset-building program targeting vulnerable adolescent girls aged 10–19. The Population Council, in partnership with the Young Women’s Christian Association of Zambia, successfully implemented the AGEP program from late 2013 to early 2016. The results presented in this midterm report have implications for recommendations on future programming for adolescent girls in Zambia and elsewhere and should be coupled with burgeoning evidence from AGEP and the literature to adapt programming for vulnerable adolescent girls in order to improve impact. While the underlying root causes of girls’ vulnerabilities are interrelated, it is possible that a more direct focus on a particular outcome, driven by a more targeted intervention, would have led to greater impact in the shorter term. For older adolescents, it may imply a direct focus on livelihoods and entrepreneurship, whereas younger adolescents may need more focus on educational support. Also, providing direct resources through incentivized activities may be a constructive approach to increasing engagement with the program.
Austrian, Karen, Paul C. Hewett, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Fiammetta Bozzani, Jere R. Behrman, and Jean Digitale. 2016. "Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme: Research and evaluation mid-term technical report." Lusaka: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program; GIRL Center