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Population Council launches study testing interventions to improve girls' lives in Kenya
Date:2/4/2014

The Population Council announced today the launch of a large new research program designed to benefit adolescent girls in Kenya. The initiative will provide girls with access to interventions in the health, wealth creation, education, and violence-prevention sectors. Through a rigorous evaluation design, the Council will investigate which combinations of multi-sectoral approaches work most effectively to improve the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya is a 6-year, 13 million program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The program will reach at least 10,000 girls ages 10-14 in the northern arid lands and urban slums of Kenya with education and information about health, violence prevention through intensive community engagement, education subsidies, and wealth creation initiatives. These interventions will be implemented in different combinations and rigorously evaluated through a randomized controlled trialthe gold standard of researchto determine which combinations of program elements have the greatest impact on improving health and other outcomes in girls' lives.

The program joins a growing roster of Population Council girl-centered projectsincluding the DFID-funded Community Spaces for Adolescent Girls' Empowerment (CSAGE) program which launched in northern Nigeria in 2013. CSAGE is designed to demonstrate how community-managed programs to build girls' protective assets can be scaled up to reach more girls. The project will also generate solid evidence about the best ways to build girls' protective assets. (See below for more information.)

Investing in adolescent girls in the developing world is critical to the success of global development goals, like reducing poverty and improving global health and education. Research from the Population Council shows that if we improve adolescent girls' health, keep them safe and in school, and give them c
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Contact: Gina Duclayan
gduclayan@popcouncil.org
917-538-9555
Population Council
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