Council Commentary

Focusing on Young People

The largest-ever generation of young people aged 15–24 is now making the transition from childhood to adulthood. Most of them—around 90%—live in developing countries, mostly in Asia and Africa. Achieving urgent global health and development goals will be impossible without determining their needs—particularly those of girls—and setting them on the path to a successful, productive adulthood.

The Council has been a pioneer in this field. Our commitment to research combined with program development and evaluation are providing educational and economic opportunities, as well as appropriate sexual and reproductive health services, so that girls can avoid child marriage, reach their desired family size, and become economically productive.

Learn more about our research and programs that are working to identify, engage, and ultimately improve the lives of young girls in developing countries.

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