5. Key resources


The Population Council has developed Tools and Resources for Girl Centred Programming to benefit adolescent girls and to tackle the factors that constrain their development (including lack of knowledge, self-confidence and restrictions linked to discriminatory norms). Its Programme Curricula are also available online, covering areas such as gender equality, financial literacy, leadership and health.

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls has curated a set of toolkits, curricula and guides on working with adolescent girls. These include information on how to ensure girl-centred programme design across a variety of sectors (including adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and financial literacy and savings) and in different settings (such as humanitarian and emergency contexts). The Coalition also highlights life-skills curricula from various well-established programmes.

GAGE’s review of girls’ clubs by Marcus et al. (2017) also includes a listing of the curricula for the projects examined.

The Very Young Adolescent (VYA) Sexual and Reproductive Health Library compiled by Knowledge for Health (K4 Health) includes a section on gender norms. Its ‘Program Implementation’ section contains project implementation guides, training manuals and other materials for use with young adolescents, as well as radio programme episodes and more.

WomenStrong International has created a resource focused on enabling girls and boys to develop the skills and knowledge they need in order to thrive - Strong Girls Make Strong Women: A Practical Handbook for Creating and Leading a Girls’ Club.


Further reading

Dupuy et al. (2018). Life skills in non-formal contexts for adolescent girls in developing countries. Brookings and CMI  

Temin, M., Amin, S., Ngo, T. D., & Psaki, S. (2018). How to give adolescent girls’ voice and control. Stanford Social Innovation Review 

Youth Power. (2017). Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in low- and middle- income countries