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Gender and
Global Evidence

GAGE is the largest global study on adolescents, following 20,000 girls and boys in developing countries to understand what works to enhance adolescent capabilities and empowerment.

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This podcast series provides space for adolescents and young people to discuss their experiences of participation, civic engagement, activism, resistance and leadership in relation to disability, climate change, conflict, gender justice, and human rights.

In the first episode, listen to Evelyn, a young Kenyan activist for girls’ sexual and reproductive rights, discussing how to overcome the barriers that young women face in exercising voice and agency.

Access first episode here


Explore our latest research on adolescent well-being. Based on the GAGE Conceptual Framework, our work is divided into six 'capability domains': education; health and nutrition; freedom from violence and bodily integrity; psychosocial well-being; voice and agency; and economic empowerment.

Adolescents in Afar, Ethiopia © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

September, 2023

‘Mind the Gaps’: Exploring Regional and Gender Patterns in Threats to Ethiopian Adolescents’ Bodily Integrity

This article uses a capabilities framework to address an important data gap on violence against adolescents in Ethiopia.

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July, 2023

Protocol for a multi-country implementation research study to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of context-specific actions to train and support facilitators to deliver sexuality education to young people in out-of-school settings

We present the protocol for a multi-country implementation research study in Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Malawi to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of context-specific actions to prepare and support facilitators to deliver CSE in out-of-school settings.

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July, 2023

Disrupting global commitments to eradicate poverty and hunger: Covid-19 and its effects on adolescent physical and mental health in Jordan and Palestine

This article draws on mixed-methods data collected through phone-based surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews carried out in 2020 with adolescents (aged 12–19 years) from host and refugee communities in Jordan and Palestine.

A 16-year-old girl who is pregnant with her first child, Rwanda © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

June, 2023

‘There is no single day I am relaxed in my heart’: GAGE findings on the lives of adolescent mothers

This brief aims to highlight young mothers’ vulnerabilities and explore how services and programming might be better tailored to meet their needs.
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Here you can explore our latest insights and research as we shine a light on the needs of vulnerable adolescent refugees.

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How GAGE works

By combining quantitative and qualitative research exploring adolescents’ gendered experiences with longitudinal impact evaluations testing programme effectiveness, GAGE aims to explore what strategies are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ and boys’ lives at specific junctures during the second decade of life.