Principal Investigators: Dr. Karen Austrian and Dr. Beth Kangwana (Population Council Kenya)
This study will evaluate the long-term health effects, including delayed pregnancy and improved birth outcomes, of a multi-sectoral programme for young adolescent (11-14 years) girls living in drought-affected areas in Kenya. The evaluation will also assess the benefits for any children that have been born to girls in the research sample.
The interventions were implemented between 2015-17 and include gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, conditional cash transfers, empowerment groups and financial education/savings. Understanding the impact four years after the end of the intervention will help policy makers determine a suite a of evidence based programs that can help girls in the short and long term.
Early adolescence is a potential window of opportunity to make investments in young girls that can alter their life course, and that of their future children. There is a need for rigorous evidence to evaluate the long-term effects of interventions, in particular in drought-prone settings where rates of child marriage and early pregnancy are very high.
The results of the research will be shared first with local stakeholders in Wajir to advise on policy recommendations in light of the findings. The study team will create a suite of written and visual products to explain the results so that they are widely available at the local, national and global levels in formats that are digestible by diverse audiences. Materials will include results briefs with infographics, power point presentations, technical reports, videos and papers for peer-reviewed publication. In person events will also be held at the local and national level to share results and engage in dialogue. Finally, all data will be made available open access at the end of the study period.
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