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Gender and
Global Evidence

GAGE is the largest global study on adolescents, following 18,000 girls and boys in developing countries to understand what works to enhance adolescent capabilities and empowerment.

Photo: Two adolescent girls from a pastoralist community in Afar, Ethiopia. Credit: Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE ©.


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.

Photo: A ten-year-old adolescent girl with her family, in Afar, Ethiopia. © Nathalie Bertrams / GAGE 2018

March, 2019

Achieving social protection for all adolescents: how can a gender norms lens support more effective programming?

There is increasing evidence that social protection programmes, particularly cash transfers, have positive impacts on human development and well-being, including that of…

Photo: An adolescent girl from Ethiopia. Credit: David Walker/Overseas Development Institute.

December, 2018

GAGE research design, sample and methodology

This methods brief provides an overview of i) the study’s rationale, ii) the conceptual framework and core research questions that…

Photo: Father and son in Ethiopia. Credit: David Walker/Overseas Development Institute.

December, 2018

Programming with adolescent boys to promote gender-equitable masculinities: A rigorous review

Gender-inequitable norms of masculinity are widely recognised to sustain the disempowerment of women and girls, underpinning inequalities in gender-based access…

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.