What Works for Young People's Development? A Case Study of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls Programme in Uganda and Tanzania

24 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015

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Nicola Banks

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Date Written: January 14, 2015

Abstract

Young people constitute a large proportion of -- and a particularly vulnerable segment of -- Africa's population. 'Youth' constitutes a critical stage in the life course, marked by decreasing household and familial support. Yet as we explore here in the context of Uganda and Tanzania, young Africans are poorly equipped for making the transition to work and financial independence. Consequently, they suffer disproportionately from Africa's key social and economic development challenges. Alongside burgeoning youth populations this makes youth populations an increasingly pressing policy priority across the continent. This chapter explores how BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls programme (ELA) has been designed to respond to the social and economic challenges facing young women in Uganda and Tanzania. It highlights that the impact of integrated programmes can go beyond improved employment outcomes to improve social conditions and health outcomes for beneficiaries and their peers at the community level.

Keywords: youth, employment, sexual and reproductive health, Uganda, Tanzania

Suggested Citation

Banks, Nicola, What Works for Young People's Development? A Case Study of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls Programme in Uganda and Tanzania (January 14, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2561234

Nicola Banks (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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