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Joyce Banda, Former President, Republic of Malawi, author of From Day One: Why Supporting Girls Aged 0 to 10 Is Critical to Change Africa’s Path
Caroline Lambert, Coauthor of From Day One: Why Supporting Girls Aged 0 to 10 Is Critical to Change Africa’s Path
In Conversation With
Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development
Efforts seeking to empower women in sub-Saharan Africa have multiplied, but a critical piece is often missing: a focus on rural girls from zero to 10 years old.
Discrimination and social norms that penalize girls and women do not start at adolescence, and by the time girls are 10, it may be too late to undo the damage. But as former Malawian President Joyce Banda sets out in her new book, with the right interventions, governments, civil society, and individuals—in Africa and elsewhere—can remove the barriers that young girls face in realizing their potential.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.