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

ritical information and a say in their own lives, they will be on a path to healthy, productive adulthood.

"The Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya will tell us what works best to help girls stay healthy, avoid child marriage, avoid unwanted pregnancy, and earn more," said Ann Blanc, a Council vice president and director of its Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. "We are grateful for DFID's commitment to rigorous evaluation to ensure that programs for adolescent girls can increase the chances of achieving their ambitious goals."

The Population Council is partnering with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Itad, Save the Children, and Plan International to implement the program. The Council will conduct a randomized controlled trial to isolate and evaluate the effects of particular program elements, as well as the added benefit of implementing them in combination. A detailed cost-evaluation will also provide important information on the cost of each outcome achieved. The project will identify best practices, and help to refine the critical content themes of girl-centered programs and eliminate ineffective approaches.

"Adolescent girls in northern Kenya and Nairobi's slums are some of the most vulnerable in Kenya," said Population Council researcher Karen Austrian, the Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya Team Leader. "The Adolescent Girls Initiative will allow us to test unique combinations of interventions so that we can make concrete progress in understanding what will be the most-effective in helping these girls make a safe and healthy transition through adolescence."

Community Spaces for Adolescent Girls' Empowerment (CSAGE)

The Population Council has a large portfolio of research in sub-Saharan Africa and globally to help build girls' social, health, and economic assets. Recently joining this portfolioin addition to the Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenyais the Community Spaces for Adolescent G
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Contact: Gina Duclayan
gduclayan@popcouncil.org
917-538-9555
Population Council
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