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What works for young girls? SDDirect and global experts debate youth empowerment


SDDirect recently participated in the Young Lives conference Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for Change, in Oxford.

The conference brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from around the world, to reflect on the current evidence base on adolescence, and how to use this evidence for more effective programming and policymaking.  

Jessica Jacobson, technical specialist at SDDirect, presented a paper on adolescence and empowerment: Good Girls and Grandes Dames: How Do Adolescent Girls and Young Women Understand ‘Empowerment’ in Kinshasa? This paper discussed findings from a participatory girl-led study undertaken by the La Pepiniere programme in the DRC. The report on which the presentation was based can be accessed here.

Patience Ekeoba (seen in the photo) represented the Voices for Change programme, sharing its holistic approach to the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women in Nigeria. The presentation is now available on the conference’s YouTube channel. We invite you to read her accompanying blog post: envisioning a world that works for young people.


Photo credit: Young Lives