Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment remain one of the most pressing challenges of inclusive growth and sustainable development. Gender equality has intrinsic value as an essential aspect of human dignity and social justice. The earlier its premises are instilled at the household and individual levels, the more powerful they become in enabling young women to take advantage of a wider range of opportunities to fulfill their goals and aspirations.
This benchmarking session will bring together partners from the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls' Education (CHARGE) Initiative, resource experts and stakeholders to discuss creative indicators, tools and strategies on projects that aim to support girls' learning, empowerment and social transformation within their communities.
The one-day event will include sessions on general monitoring and evaluation topics as well as sharing tools and resources relevant to the five CHARGE priorities: access, safety, quality learning, transitions, leadership.
This resource kit was put together to provide references and easy-to-use tools and resources for participants in the “Shattering Stereotypes Learning Exchange on Nontraditional Jobs for Young Women”. This learning exchange, which took place in January 2015, brought together select EMpower grantee partners and other experts working to position and prepare girls and young women for jobs usually reserved for males.
Join AIYD and the World Bank team of The Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) at InterAction on June 10th for a special brown-bag discussion of AGI's new Resource Guide. The Adolescent Girls Initiative was implemented between 2008-15 by the World Bank in eight countries in partnership with the Nike Foundation and the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, Jordan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Nepal, Norway, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The AGI Resource Guide features lessons and resources that the AGI developed and were found (based on experience) to be very useful in practice. The guide is designed for staff in government line ministries who are working on youth skills training and practitioners and World Bank teams that are supervising these projects. AGI resources and lessons are intended to help make skills training programs more inclusive of and effective for young women.
In many settings, women are the primary childcare providers, and motherhood begins during adolescence. For young mothers without strong family and social support systems, lack of affordable childcare can prevent them from participating in youth employment projects. Accessible childcare services can increase young women’s participation rates in training, their productivity (in terms of decreased absenteeism and retention), and there may also be benefits for children’s development outcomes.
Job placement services that help young people put their new skills to use are an important element of successful youth skills training programs. This note looks at how pilots in the Adolescent Girls Initiative focus on employment as an outcome and emphasize placement assistance alongside training. The note also describes how results-based approaches can be applied to encourage training providers to assume greater responsibility for achieving employment outcomes, and discusses the need for outcome verification and safeguards against potential pitfalls that incentive schemes may invoke.