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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.

Two adolescent girls from a pastoralist community in Afar, Ethiopia. Photo: 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.
An adolescent who had to dop out of school, Amhara, Ethiopia © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

An adolescent who had to dop out of school, Amhara, Ethiopia © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

May, 2023

Do layered adolescent-centric interventions improve girls’ capabilities? Evidence from a mixed-methods cluster randomised controlled trial in Ethiopia

This study analyses data from a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the short- and medium-term impacts of a set of layered adolescent-centric interventions designed to transform gender norms on the outcomes of approximately 2,300 girls.

A mother and her baby in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh © Allison Joyce/UN Women 2019

May, 2023

‘There should be some freedom in our lives’ Exploring adolescent girls’ experiences of child marriage

Far too little research is aimed at understanding how best to support the girls married in childhood, despite evidence that their broader needs are not being well met by mainstream services (Harrison, 2023; Siddiqi and Greene, 2022;Plesons et al., 2021).

A Jordanian adolescent living in Amman, Jordan © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

May, 2023

How do gender norms shape adolescent trajectories in post-pandemic Jordan?

This brief, which draws on data collected in Jordan in 2022 and early 2023 as part of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) research programme, explores the many ways in which gender norms limit young people’s lives as they move through adolescence and into young adulthood. It presents recommendations for how those norms might be shifted to reduce the risks and expand the opportunities for young people living in Jordan.

A boy in the Sholoshahore railway station, Chittagong, Bangladesh © Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2023

April, 2023

Assessing the health, social, educational and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: a rapid review of the literature

This paper looks at a wide array of outcomes impacting adolescents’ daily lives including health (mental, physical, sexual and reproductive health, vaccine perceptions and overlap between these topics), social relationships (family and peer), education and socio-economic disparities.
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Explore our latest insights and research on how vulnerable adolescents are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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.

Upcoming events

12 Jun 2023
Expert workshop
Bristol Hotel
09:30-14:30 (GMT)