Gender-transformative Mentoring and Cash Transfer - 50% or More Reduction in Marriage Likelihood
Facilitated lifeskills sessions, caregiver discussion groups, savings start-up for girls, community action events, and capacity strengthening for local health and psychosocial service providers (with the GE+ variation adding an incentive payment to caregivers tied to girls' participation in weekly sessions)
Both intervention arms had moderate and statistically significant effects on three domains: gender attitudes, life skills, and sexual and reproductive health (SRH). The effects of both GE and GE+ were above 0.2 standard deviation (SD) for all three indices, and as large as 0.37 SD for the SRH index in GE+. Beneficiaries of both programmes were less likely to be accepting of intimate partner violence (IPV), and they showed a better understanding of condom effectiveness, HIV/AIDS, and financial matters. They were also 3.6 percentage points (or 46%) less likely to be married, had a lower number of sexual partners (0.58 fewer partners, 43% lower), and were more likely to practice safer sex compared with the control group. The effect size on the SRH index, as well as each of its components, was approximately 50% higher in GE+ than GE. GE+ reduced the likelihood of marriage and the number of sexual partners in the past 12 months by more than 50%.
Country of study
Parallel cluster RCT
Journal paper title and link
Girl Empower - A gender transformative mentoring and cash transfer intervention to promote adolescent wellbeing: Impact findings from a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Liberia
Excerpt from Abstract
"Girl Empower led to sustained improvements in several important domains, including SRH, but did not reduce sexual violence among the target population."
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