The theory of change behind the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) posits that adolescent girls are empowered by acquiring social, health, and economic assets. Girls can draw on these assets to reduce vulnerabilities and expand opportunities, thereby increasing their likelihood of completing school, delaying sexual debut, and reducing the risk of early marriage, unintended pregnancy, acquisition of HIV, and so on. AGEP serves vulnerable adolescent girls in Zambia aged 10–19 in two age cohorts: 10–14-year-olds and 15–19-year-olds. AGEP operates in ten “master sites,” five urban and five rural, in four provinces of Zambia. The three core components of AGEP in Zambia are: safe spaces, savings accounts, and health vouchers. The primary aim of the research outlined in this baseline technical report is to obtain as rigorous an assessment as possible of the impact of AGEP on mediating, and on longer-term demographic, reproductive, and health outcomes among vulnerable adolescent girls as they age from 10–19 in 2013 to 14–23 in 2017.
Hewett, Paul C., Karen Austrian, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Jere R. Behrman, Christine A. Kelly, Dela Kusi-Appouh, Fiammetta Bozzani, Barbara Mensch, and Minyoi Maimbolwa. 2014. "Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme: Research and evaluation baseline technical report." Lusaka: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program