Curricula, Toolkits, and Guides

Building Girls’ Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design

For decades, the Population Council has prioritized investments in the poorest girls in the poorest communities. Today, the Council continues to drive efforts among practitioners (and girls and mentors) to define stepwise, achievable benchmarks for girls by age, social category, and context. Through a process we call “Intentional Design”, the Council’s learning tools help put the needs of girls at the center. These tools are informed by evidence of what is needed to keep girls healthy, socially included,  economically prepared, and "on track".

The Council’s Building Assets Toolkit helps practitioners, policymakers, and advocates build tailored, meaningful, and positive content to help specific subpopulations of girls. The toolkit guides practitioners through a series of steps that must be taken to define common-sense targets – what information, skill, or physical asset (such as an ID card) should a girl in a particular setting have by a particular age.

In high-demand since its original publication in English, the toolkit is constantly being added to as it is translated into many languages and adapted into various cultural contexts. The Council is committed to the toolkit being a “first draft”, perfected by our partners in the field.

The latest contributions from field practitioners can be accessed on an external forum. Contributions include those from partners implementing arts and creativity in humanitarian and development settings, partners using green and productive technologies to build competency among girls, partners working in humanitarian settings, and partners implementing girl programs in the unique indigenous American context.

Available here are the Instruction Guide and Resource Manual in English and French, and the asset cards in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. Other languages are forthcoming. To discuss and access the latest contributions from field practitioners please contact us at