Chapter 3: Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Global consensus exists on the significant role that adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) play in almost all aspects of international development. Numerous stakeholders in the YEO field have funded, implemented, and advocated for AGYW-focused YEO programming. Not surprisingly, rigorous evaluation has lagged slightly behind, with few organizations measuring impact in a systematic and rigorous way. The holistic nature of AGYW programming can often complicate evaluation—many programs simultaneously address education, health, protection, and economic opportunity outcomes. At the 2012 GYEOC, presenters shared exciting results from “integrated programs” that explore the synergies between health and economic outcomes for adolescent girls and young women.

In addition, participants shared experiences from local and global advocacy campaigns designed to raise awareness about AGYW, mobilize young people as advocates, and change legislation that directly impacts adolescent girls and young women.