Girl Empower Intervention Baseline Survey

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This report presents the results from the baseline assessment of the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Girl Empower (GE) program in Nimba County, Liberia. GE is a program in rural communities that seeks to help 13–to–14-year-old girls make healthy life choices and decrease their risk of sexual abuse. The program centers on weekly meetings between girls and trained local mentors, during which the girls learn about life skills and financial literacy. GE also holds monthly discussion groups for participants’ caregivers, and trains local health and psychosocial care providers on how to improve and expand services for survivors of gender-based violence. Girls are also equipped with savings accounts, and small deposits are made on their behalf. The GE baseline assessment is part of a randomized evaluation, which will assess the program’s impact. Primary investigators from the Population Council, the World Bank, and the IRC lead the evaluation’s research team, and Innovations for Poverty Action is responsible for the survey data collection.




Evaluating the Girl Empower Program in Nimba County, Liberia