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The wellbeing of adolescent girls has a decisive impact on developing countries' current and future economic and social prosperity, but girls' needs remain at the margins of global development policies and programs. Why should we pay more attention to girls? What difference can adolescent girls make in achieving positive development outcomes? How can stakeholders initiate effective investments that will give girls in developing countries a full and equal chance for rewarding lives and livelihoods?
Report authors Ruth Levine, Vice President for Programs and Operations, and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Cynthia Lloyd,Senior Associate, Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program and Chair, Bixby Fellowship Program, The Population Council; Margaret Greene, Director, Population and Social Transitions Team, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); and Caren Grown, Economist-in-Residence, Department of Economics, American University presented their findings.
Discussants included Kathy Calvin,Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, United Nations Foundation; Laura Laski, Coordinator, Adolescent/Youth Cluster, Reproductive Health Branch, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Joan Libby-Hawk, Public Affairs Specialist, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); and Caroline Ryan,Director of Program Services, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Remarks were provided by Gaisu Yari, Afghan immigrant, currently seeking asylum from forced marriage and gender discrimination, with assistance from translator Feroza Yari. Lawrence MacDonald, Director of Communications and Policy, Center for Global Development, moderated the discussion.
**This event was made possible with the generous support from the UN Foundation and the Nike Foundation.
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
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.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.