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

Adolescent girls have become a key target population for empowerment, health, and development initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. Building Girls’ Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design is intended for organizations who are committed to extending their programs to reach often excluded subpopulations of girls and young women—whether they are the poorest girls in the poorest communities, the 10–14-year-old girls who are out of school and not living with either parent, or another subpopulation of young girls that is likely to miss out.

The Collection contains tools and exercises to help program planners translate evidence on “what works” into girl-centered programming. The resources in this collection focus on programs that have been effective—through empowerment and the building of protective assets—in reducing girls’ risks and broadening their opportunities.

The tools and exercises in this collection will help program staff:

  • assess and adjust current target groups and establish new target groups to ensure they are reaching those most in need of protective assets;
  • adapt program materials to respond to the reality of girls’ lives; and
  • monitor and evaluate to measure effects and adjust activities to increase impact. 

The Collection has been in high demand since its publication. It has been translated into Spanish and French.

The Collection, based on the experiences of dozens of programs that work with adolescent girls was created by the Population Council in collaboration with colleagues, friends and partners, including the Girls in Emergencies Collaborative and the Women’s Refugee Commission who have supported the evolution of the Girl Roster tool.

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