The international development community’s desire to alleviate poverty and improve health outcomes presents an extraordinary opportunity to transform the lives of young people, particularly girls. Cycles of illiteracy, poor job prospects, and social isolation can be broken but will require concerted efforts to reach large numbers of vulnerable adolescent girls with robust asset-building programs. Scaling-up effective pilot programs will be critical to achieving these goals. While there is an expanding body of research around scaling up health interventions, less is known or documented about scaling up cross-sectoral programs for adolescent girls. Bringing to scale programs directed toward poor, often invisible and voiceless girls, poses unique challenges. Given that this is a relatively new field at an early stage of experimentation, the evidence base regarding which strategies are most effective is still emerging. The Population Council has been exploring a variety of approaches to meet these challenges in diverse settings and gathering evidence to inform program and policy development, as detailed in Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief No. 36.
Brady, Martha. 2011. "Taking programs for vulnerable adolescents to scale: Experiences, insights, and evidence," Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief no. 36. New York: Population Council.
Ishraq: Bringing Marginalized Rural Girls into Safe Learning Spaces in Rural Upper Egypt
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