Empowering GirlsThe U.S. government does not have a whole-of-government policy or strategy to address the needs of young people. There is no way to track how much foreign aid is intended to support children and youth, or to even know which sectoral issues and regions or countries are being prioritized for programming and activities centering young people.
As a proxy measure, A Generation at Stake undertook an analysis of the implementation of a whole-of-government strategy focused on one demographic: adolescent girls.
To review U.S. foreign assistance and its role in empowering girls as part of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, civil society actors collated Congressional reports from the years 2020, 2021, and 2022 and cross-referenced them with the implementation strategy for the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls to determine whether stated goals and objectives are being met, how many programs and activities are being implemented, and in which countries. The below analyses and recommendations are intended to identify key takeaways and any gaps from that analysis.
Analysis Of Congressional Reports On The Implementation Of The Adolescent Girl Strategy 2020-2022
This analysis of reports submitted to Congress in 2020 and 2022 on implementation of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls demonstrates increased activity for girls, especially through diplomacy. But, the strategy's integration across agencies remains unclear, raising concerns about its how the U.S. government is prioritizing girls.Download the Report
Policy Brief: Recommendations From Two Years Of Reporting On The U.S. Global Strategy To Empower Adolescent Girls
To more effectively invest in adolescent girls as part of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, we provide recommendations that include updating implementation plans, expanded Congressional reports, consultations with adolescent girls, greater girl engagement in diplomacy efforts, and increased data collection and transparency in reporting.Download the Brief
Civil Society Commemorates International Day of the Girl with U.S. Government Leaders and Girl Advocates and Launches Analysis of U.S. Efforts to Empower Girls Globally
International Day of the Girl (IDG) Child — observed annually on October 11 —recognizes girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world year-round. This year, UNICEF USA, InterAction and ChildFund hosted a reception on Capitol Hill highlighting the progress that has been made for girls globally and emphasizing what more needs to be done to support girls.Read More
The interactive map below offers a visual overview of the U.S. government's initiatives aimed at empowering adolescent girls abroad in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. Drawing its content directly from Congressional reports, this map provides a dynamic and informative platform for users to explore and compare, by year, projects and activities undertaken by the U.S. government in this crucial area. From educational programs and healthcare initiatives to economic empowerment projects, the map serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the U.S. government's commitment to advancing the rights and opportunities of adolescent girls on a global scale. This platform is intended to serve as a resource for policymakers, researchers, and the general public to gain insight into the efforts made by the U.S. government in promoting gender equality and girls' empowerment on an international scale.