New Research Study on Economic Empowerment Strategies for Girls

Yesterday, the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI) released a new research study on economic empowerment strategies for adolescent girls. Given the powerful linkage between the economic empowerment of girls and women and global development as a whole, this study is a groundbreaking source of information and strategic guidance.

The report identified six factors which contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment: financial capital, such as cash and savings; human capital, such as health and education; social capital, including social networks; physical capital, such as land and housing; social norms; and institutions such as market structures and legal rights. Promoting girls’ economic empowerment involves engaging strategies that tap into these factors—financial service strategies, employment strategies, and life-skills and social support strategies.

The report recommends four primary courses of action to maximize the impact of economic empowerment strategies: creating age-appropriate financial services; linking employment programs with real market needs and opportunities; addressing the intersection of factors that shape girls’ lives; and creating data-driven programs. When put into place, these recommendations have the potential to lift up not only girls, but all of us.

For more information, read the full report.

For more information about AGALI, visit the website.

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