The objective of the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme (AGEP) is to provide vulnerable adolescent girls with needed social, health, and economic assets that they can draw upon to overcome their vulnerabilities and expand their opportunities. As a component of the AGEP evaluation, a household census was conducted in 2013 in the areas where the program was to be implemented. The census revealed that a significant percentage of adolescent girls aged 10–19 contend with multiple levels of socioeconomic vulnerability that include—but are not limited to—geographic remoteness, social isolation, living without parents, living in low-income households, and not attending school. The analysis presented in this brief indicates that the relatively simple method of demonstrating vulnerability used in AGEP—that is, being behind grade for age—is strongly associated with an array of other indicators of vulnerability. This measure is a good way to more readily identify girls who are at risk of negative outcomes when recruiting for programs to improve their lives.
"Methodology: Reaching the most vulnerable adolescent girls," AGEP Brief. Lusaka: Population Council, 2016.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program