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Building Life Skills for Adolescent Girls with Plan UK

Cambodia, El Salvador, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe
June 2011 – March 2012

At the request of Plan UK, KIT Royal Tropical Institute undertook this baseline study to identify the factors affecting access to and completion of lower secondary education by girls in Cambodia, El Salvador, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

The project led to a system for improved use of data, production of a global report, help for country offices in writing country reports and capacity building within Plan.

Gender Age and Social Position

KIT designed the base line study around two key questions arising from the methodological framework:

KIT used its own methodology for the study: the Gender Equality and Child Rights Framework (GECRF), which is based on the principle that social status is a major factor in an individuals access to rights and rights recognition. Age and gender are seen as key factors in determining social status, and therefore shape girls’ daily experience and access to rights.

The study used both quantitative and qualitative methods. Data was collected through household surveys, social and institutional mapping, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. Plan’s internal data was also used.

Results of the study

Following research and capacity building within Plan, KIT produced a Global Report and assisted country offices in writing country reports. The global log frame – used for ongoing assessment of projects – was improved using data from the baseline study.

Services delivered

  • Applied research

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute addresses development challenges at local, regional and global levels through research that generates new insights and knowledge in our areas of expertise: health, sustainable economic development and gender.

  • Knowledge management

    Development and research organisations are often so focused on achieving their objectives that they find it difficult to create time to look back, analyse and learn from what they experienced and share their results.

  • Policy & Programme Design

    KIT operates at the intersection of theory and practice and between policy and implementation, translating good intentions into meaningful social and economic impact. Our professional staff combine expertise in specific content areas with the ability to offer a diverse suite of advisory services, including policy and programme design and implementation.