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 trial—the gold standard of research—to determine which combinations of program elements have the greatest impact on improving health and other outcomes in girls’ lives.