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Implementing Life Skills Programs to Improve Girls' Livelihoods

December 12, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Life skills programs aim to teach a broad set of social and behavioral skills—also referred to as "soft" or "non cognitive" skills—that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands of everyday life. Such skills—that include self-control, planning for the future and sociability—may explain a variety of health behaviors and outcomes, and can affect both education and labor market outcomes. Life skills programs can also educate young people about their rights, promote more equitable gender attitudes and improve agency.

Event Details

Life skills are a key design feature in the World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative, a multi-country program that is helping young women transition to productive employment. This session discusses the practical aspects of implementing life skills programs, featuring experiences from Haiti, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and review how these projects are measuring the acquisition of skills and impacts.

Speakers:
Theresa Betancourt
Associate Professor of Child Heath and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Barri Shorey
Youth and Livelihoods Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee

Facundo P. Cuevas & Aude-Sophie Rodella
Co-TTLs Haiti AGI, LAC Poverty, Gender and Equity

Discussant:
Omar Arias
Human Development Sector Leader

Chair:
Jeni Klugman
Director, Gender and Development Group, World Bank