Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is a nine-year (2015-2024) mixed methods longitudinal research and evaluation programme following the lives of adolescents in diverse Global South contexts. GAGE aims to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of poor adolescent girls to enable them to move out of poverty and fast-track social change. The programme is funded by UK Aid from the UK government.
GAGE aims to understand what programmes are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ lives at specific junctures during the second decade of life. It will generate unique cross-country data following approximately 18,000 adolescents along with their families and peers, across the course of the critical transition from early adolescence through to adulthood in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Rwanda. This will be complemented by participatory action research with adolescent girls and boys in conflict-affected refugee and host communities in Gaza and the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan. GAGE research will put girls’ perspectives at the centre of its evidence base.
The results will support policymakers and implementers to develop policies and programmes to effectively reach adolescent girls and boys to advance their well-being and what is needed to meet the ambitious targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
GAGE convenes unparalleled expertise on gender and adolescence. A core strength of the consortium is the breadth and depth of its over 35 institutional partners, which span the Global North and South and include world-class academic institutions, leading NGOs working to support adolescent girls and private sector research and communications partners. GAGE is managed by ODI.
The GAGE web presence contains more information on the programme.