A Programming Framework for Working with Adolescent Girls in Tanzania


This guide to building girls‘ agency addresses three issues: HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy and violence. At the same time, the recommendations are based on the recognition that girls’ vulnerability to such issues is produced in a myriad of inter-linked ways on a regular basis.

The framework, written by Maggie Bangser and commissioned by UNICEF Tanzania at the request of the Tanzania Commission on HIV/AIDS (TACAIDS), advocates building the capacity of young women across four overarching elements of girls' programming:

  • Norms shaping girls’ lives
  • “Safety” and formal protection
  • Economic security
  • Core social services (e.g., education, health)

Maggie Bangser will be discussing this report at the forthcoming STRIVE Learning Lab in September.

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