June 13, 2016
The Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) was implemented between 2008-15 by the World Bank in eight countries in partnership with the Nike Foundation and the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Nepal, Norway, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The initiative was designed to better understand what works in helping adolescent girls and young women transition to productive employment. The AGI piloted and rigorously evaluated innovative interventions that could be scaled up or replicated if they were found to be successful. Interventions included business development skills training, technical and vocational training targeting skills in high demand, and life skills training. The initiative has generated some of the strongest evidence to-date on the impact of employment programs for young women. The AGI pilot implementation experience has also generated valuable operational lessons on how projects can achieve employment impacts. Operational lessons are shared in this Resource Guide.