AGALI: Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative

Promoting global health and development by enhancing the capacity of Latin American and African leaders to improve the health, education, and livelihoods of adolescent girls and yo


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About the project Edit

Implemented by the Public Health Institute (PHI), AGALI strengthens the ability of senior leaders to improve adolescent girls’ human rights, health, and socio-economic well-being, while simultaneously empowering young women to develop their own solutions to the obstacles they face.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

AGALI builds the capacity of local and national leaders to develop innovative policy and programmatic solutions to the challenges facing adolescent girls and young women in Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, and Ethiopia.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

With support from the UN Foundation and the WestWind Foundation, the goal of the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative is to strengthen advocacy efforts and leadership capacity within Latin America and Africa to improve socio-economic and educational opportunities for adolescent girls, increase girls’ access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, and empower young women to advocate for policies and programs that respond to their own needs.

AGALI’s primary objectives are to:

1. Strengthen the capacity of local and national leaders in Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, and Ethiopia to advocate for the social, economic, and human rights of adolescent girls through an intensive training program.

2. Enhance institutional capacity by supporting AGALI participants’ and their organizations’ efforts to develop and implement institutional advocacy strategies that improve adolescent girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, educational and economic opportunities, and livelihood skills.

3. Ensure the impact and successful implementation of AGALI participants’ institutional advocacy strategies by providing seed funds and technical assistance to organizations that demonstrate the greatest potential to respond to the needs of adolescent girls through a small grants program.

4. Support AGALI participants’ efforts to strengthen the capacity of adolescent girls, local organizations, and regional networks to comprehensively address young women’s needs.

Within each focus country, IHP/PHI selects a cadre of strategic leaders committed to implementing progressive multi-sectoral strategies to improve the human rights, health, and socio-economic wellbeing of adolescent girls, including social change agents, policymakers, health care providers, journalists, educators, indigenous leaders, and young women themselves.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, non-profit organization based in Oakland, California, and dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.

As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, PHI is at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Adolescent girls disproportionately bear household burdens, are often unable to access economic and educational opportunities, and suffer from social, physical, and psychological violence. In addition, young women are subject to legal and political frameworks that negate their human rights, and often suffer the consequences of unwanted pregnancy, early childbearing, unsafe abortion, and HIV/STI infection.

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