This Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood brief provides an overview of the Population Council’s focus on adolescents that began in the early 1990s. The focus has been accompanied by a commitment to move the field of adolescent research and programs from one often narrowly focused on sexuality, reproductive health, and behavior to the broader social and economic issues that underpin adolescent health and well-being. In 1998, with the publication of The Uncharted Passage—a benchmark review of the situation of adolescent girls in developing countries—the current program of work was launched. The Council’s approach has been characterized by four hallmarks: consistent attention to the implications of gender during adolescence; a multisectoral approach, which engages facets of society that influence the lives of adolescent girls; a special concern with inequality; and a commitment to evidence-based policy research combined with program development and evaluation. The next stage of this work is to demonstrate empirically how investments in critical life skills and assets during adolescence affect later outcomes.
"The Population Council's approach: Promoting healthy, safe, and productive transitions to adulthood," Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood, Overview. New York: Population Council, 2011.