The meeting is intended to disseminate the AGI capstone products and create a space for dialogue around young women’s employment in the region. Specifically, the objectives are to:
• Disseminate and discuss the policy recommendations of the AGI Capstone Report to influence policy dialogue on gender and youth employment in the region.
• Impart specific design and implementation lessons learned from the AGI pilots to on-going and planned programs in the region.
• Discuss the lessons and results of the FYEI project in Nepal and highlight how these lessons are currently being replicated and scaled in Government policies and programming.
In 2008 the World Bank launched the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) to provide cross-country evidence on how to promote young women’s transition to productive work. There are eight AGI pilots, including the Female Youth Employment Initiative (FYEI) implemented by Helvetas and Employment Fund in Nepal. Each program is tailored to the country context, with a common goal of discovering what works best in programming to help adolescent girls and young women succeed in the labor market. Each pilot includes a rigorous impact evaluation. As the pilots near closing, the success of the initiative will be judged not only on results from these individual pilots, but also on the degree to which the AGI is able capture results and use the knowledge to improve policies and programs that assist young women in engaging in productive employment.
After six years, the AGI is drawing to a close. Some of the projects have yielded impressive results, confirming overall the importance of gender-aware programming in youth employment. Collectively, the AGI is producing new evidence in two main areas: (1) rigorous evidence on program impacts to guide policy decisions; and (2) operational lessons and innovative strategies to improve project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
To expand the reach of the AGI beyond the individual pilots and to provide evidence to support the expansion of gender-aware programming to facilitate the economic empowerment of young women, two products are proposed for completion by the close of the AGI Multi-Donor Trust Fund in December 2015. First, an AGI Capstone Report will compile and synthesize impact evaluation results from across the AGI pilots, positioning these results within the broader evidence on gender and youth employment programs.
Second, as a complement to the analytical report, an operational tool-kit will provide access to the innovative strategies and operational lessons generated by the AGI pilots. The toolkit will make available the successful operational strategies—both gender-specific strategies as well as overall good practice tips and tools—so that they can be replicated or adapted in other projects.