The most disadvantaged adolescent girls are the poorest girls from the poorest communities. They suffer from human rights abuses, lack education and economic opportunity, are affected by HIV/AIDS, and have poor reproductive and maternal health outcomes. To effectively reach these girls so that they can receive critical services such as gathering spaces, life skills, financial literacy, savings accounts, and reproductive health knowledge, they must be targeted as a distinct segment. It is important to invest in building the capacities of local partners and governments to deliver and scale-up low-cost, well-targeted programs. This technical report is intended to assist programmatic officers, donors, and policy analysts in making program and policy decisions on investments in adolescent girls. It draws upon current literature on investments in the most disadvantaged girls and highlights case studies from diverse second-generation girl platform programs in Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. Average annual costs of individual program components, average annual costs per girl beneficiary, and unit costs of interest are presented.
Sewall-Menon, Jessica, Judith Bruce, Karen Austrian, Raven Brown, Jennifer Catino, Alejandra Colom, Angel del Valle, Habtamu Demele, Annabel Erulkar, Kelly Hallman, Eva Roca, and Nadia Zibani. 2012. "The cost of reaching the most disadvantaged girls: Programmatic evidence from Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda," technical report. New York: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls' Programming: Community of Practice