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Research Panorama December 2020

We are excited to share our quarter four GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.

Ethiopia has seen significant political transformation in recent years but has also faced increasing ethnic tensions, fragility and violence. In the past couple of months, tensions have intensified in the northern region of Tigray, and the area has plunged into conflict. As a result, many people have faced horrific violence and large numbers of refugees have been displaced into neighbouring countries. As in most conflicts, women and young people are most impacted – leaving many unable to access their rights. However, increased instability and conflict in Ethiopia in the last couple of years have also provided opportunities for some youth to participate in their communities and support vulnerable displaced populations. This highlights the importance of listening to the voices and needs of young people and women, and supporting community-led action to support those affected by conflict.

Following this, the final GAGE Research Panorama of this year has a strong focus on voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Throughout other capability domains we have also included studies that highlight the importance of raising the voices of young people. The Q4 Panorama focuses on Ethiopia and includes a country spotlight on adolescents’ voice and agency during the recent political transformation (see Box 1). This quarter, we are delighted to share a recent set of GAGE reports and a policy brief presenting our midline findings from Ethiopia – including on adolescent voice and agency – conducted two years after our initial baseline research, that highlight key changes experienced by adolescents during this time. In addition, we would like to highlight a series of publications on adolescents working in adult entertainment in Nepal. Finally, we are excited to share three journal articles on 1) inequalities in educational attainment in Ethiopia, 2) the impact of covid-19 on the psychoemotional lives of young people in low- and middle-income countries and 3) adolescent girls’ voice and agency in relation to child marriage decisions in Ethiopia.

The GAGE Research Panorama provides an overview of current research on adolescents over the most recent GAGE quarter, as well as external grey and published literature, specifically looking at articles that relate, from a gender perspective, to GAGE’s key capability domains: education and learning; bodily integrity and freedom from violence; health, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health; psychosocial well-being; voice and agency; and economic empowerment. It also aims to look at the ways specific vulnerabilities such as age, disability and refugee status further disadvantage adolescents in achieving these capabilities.

Read the quarter four GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.