Many adolescent girls in Kenya face considerable risks and vulnerabilities that affect their education status, health, and general well-being. The Adolescent Girls Initiative–Kenya (AGI-K) will deliver multisectoral interventions for over 5,000 girls aged 11–14 in two marginalized areas of Kenya: the Kibera slums in Nairobi, and Wajir County in Northeastern Kenya. Implemented by Plan International in Kibera and Save the Children in Wajir, these interventions will be implemented for two years and will comprise a combination of girl-level, household-level, and community-level interventions. A randomized controlled trial will be used to compare the impact of four different packages of interventions to assess if and how intervening in early adolescence will impact girls’ life chances. This report describes the intervention and research design of AGI-K and findings from the baseline survey. Baseline results from Kibera and Wajir suggest that although young adolescents face a myriad of challenges, the majority have not experienced risks associated with poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Intervening in the different sectors therefore has the potential to delay or prevent negative outcomes as adolescents make the transition to adulthood in resource-constrained settings.
Austrian, Karen, Eunice N. Muthengi, Taylor Riley, Joyce Mumah, Caroline W. Kabiru, and Benta Abuya. 2015. "Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya: Baseline report." Nairobi: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya