Promoting space, access, and agency for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to build sustainable communities.

In the Adolescent Girls Community of Practice, our clients are the GIRLS. The Community of Practice helps strengthen the capacity of different actors to design, implement, and evaluate effective, scalable programs that build the protective health, economic, cognitive, and social assets of adolescent girls, particularly the most off-track. We work with institutions ranging from large, multilateral and bilateral organizations and governments to small community-based organizations and national or regional networks.

Why girls?

While investment in adolescent girls is increasing, there remains a gap between what is promised and what is achieved. The gap is widest for girls at the highest risk of the worst outcomes, rendering them invisible. Reaching the most off-track girls is not possible without trusted community relationships, sufficient capacity on the ground, and user-friendly evidence-informed tools and exercises to help practitioners design, test and expand programs. Look to our Essential Reading for more.


Intentional Design is an evidence-based, step-wise approach that guides practitioners through a cycle of segment-specific information collection and analysis by implementing user-friendly tools and exercises to help them create more effective and scalable girl-centered programs.  Each collection of a piece of evidence builds on the proceeding one. This  learning approach allows for promotes fairness and lays the basis for effective research and evaluation.


The Community of Practice provides an open-source and readily available platform on which to engage with our tools, program content, and more in Practitioner Resources. Practitioners report that on-the-ground application of the learning tools generates surprising and useful qualitative and quantitative knowledge vital to shaping their work, assessing its reach, and articulating plans for expansion. For more of those stories, see Field Experiences.


Listen to our latest webinar, A Look at Subnational Variations of Data for Effective Girl-Centered Programming. The webinar explores how a thoughtful use of filtered subnational data sets can help us thoughtfully interrogate and prioritize the geographies in which we work.

Read our latest series of blog posts on Covid response – how girls are at the front lines as social first-responders to the crisis we are facing globally. The 8-part series features stories from Tanzania, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Benin, Uganda, and indigenous communities of the United States.

Featured Resource of the Month

From November 2018 to December 2019, the Population Council provided technical assistance and strengthened capacity for Rapariga Biz, a large-scale UN program in 20 districts across Nampula and Zambezia provinces in Mozambique. The program was established to reduce child marriage and early pregnancy through a set of multisectoral interventions. The partnership between the Council and UNFPA-Mozambique generated useful lessons regarding the opportunities and challenges of using the community-based girl groups (CBGG) model in low-resource settings, especially when implemented at scale. 

In CBGG programs, girls and young women meet regularly with a leader (e.g., a mentor) who uses a variety of pedagogical methods to address sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, life skills, economic and financial outcomes, and other topics. This case study describes nine lessons that are priorities in Mozambique, elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond—especially as investment grows in programming for adolescent girls. The lessons described in this document are relevant for donors, planners, and implementers.

We hope you will check it out!