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.
- The Council’s Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program is helping girls stay in school longer, avoid early marriage, delay sexual activity, and prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs.
- Working with partners in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, the Council is developing and evaluating cost-effective, sustainable approaches to delaying marriage in child marriage “hotspots” in East Africa.
- The Council and UNFPA published Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Pakistan, which calls for investments in education—particularly girls’ primary education; family planning; and job creation to enhance economic growth.
- The Council published The Unfinished Agenda to Meet FP2020 Goals: 12 Actions to Fill Critical Evidence Gaps, continuing its leadership in the global effort to provide 120 million more women and girls with access to voluntary family planning information, contraceptives, and services by 2020.