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La Pépinière scores ‘A’ rating by DFID in latest Annual Review

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We are proud to announce that our programme La Pépinière was graded ‘A’ by DFID in its latest Annual Review.

DFID praised La Pépinière's performance over the last year, stating that it had delivered against the outputs and milestones set. In addition, it evaluated research produced by the programme as innovative and high quality. It also highlighted how it provides important learning on participatory approaches to research, monitoring and capacity building.

We are happy to showcase some of the key achievements attained two years into implementation, and commended by DFID in the review:

  • Innovative participatory research. 15 adolescent girls and young women aged 16-24 have been trained as qualitative researchers to form DRC’s first Girl-led Research Unit (GLRU). The GLRU embodies the girl-led approach of La Pépinière, underpinned by Girl Participation Principles which include meaningful engagement and valuing girls' time and contributions. According to DFID “the GLRU [provides] an innovative way to conduct programme M&E, allowing for a unique target group perspective as well as allowing for active participation.”
  • The programme has delivered high quality research including both qualitative and quantitative studies. An innovative new Economic Empowerment Index (EEI) has been developed. 3 mini-pilots, testing different approaches to empower adolescent girls and young women, are operational and now reaching 1200 girls. DFID believes “this area of work has been a major achievement and reflects the sustained efforts by SDDirect and the downstream partners.”
  • Capacity Building. A Gender Champions network and a Community of Practice are operational. Two DFID DRC programmes have received capacity building draw down support and two other ones are ongoing.
  • The Physical and Virtual Hub of the programme were launched in June 2016. Several outreach activities have been organised, with good attendance and participation from the community. They were focused on informing participating communities on research outcomes.



Led by Social Development Direct, La Pépinière aims to improve the situation of women and girls in DRC, through a particular focus on the economic empowerment of adolescent girls. The long-term objective of the programme is to support DFID, its partners and other actors in DRC to develop policies and programmes that achieve better results for women and girls. The vision of the programme is that investment in improving the economic situation and empowerment of adolescent girls will have a positive knock-on effect on the wider situation of women and girls. It is delivered through three main components: learning, capacity building and communication.