Adolescence (from the ages of 10 to 19 years) is a critical stage of human development during which children experience rapid social, physical, psychological, and emotional changes on the path from childhood to adulthood. The decisions that are made during this period of life affect not only the individual well-being of young people, but also the well-being of the entire society. The Adolescent Girls Multilevel Vulnerability Index (AGI) was developed based on a growing recognition of the need to channel resources to vital—yet highly vulnerable and vastly underserved—populations of adolescent girls in Uganda specifically, and the East and Southern Africa region in general. AGI aims to be a summary indicator that can serve as an advocacy tool to draw attention to adolescent girls, a rigorous measure to inform decisions about policymaking and macro-level resource allocation, and an instrument for planning and monitoring progress. The report is a joint collaboration between the Government of Uganda, UNICEF, and the Population Council.
Amin, Sajeda, Karen Austrian, Michelle Chau, Kimberly Glazer, Eric P. Green, David Stewart, and Marie Stoner. 2013. "The adolescent girls vulnerability index: Guiding strategic investment in Uganda." New York: Population Council.