February 15, 2023

BRAC and UNFPA webinar: Adolescent empowerment at scale

Watch a recording of our recent event launching a new BRAC and UNFPA joint report under the Spotlight Initiative.

Young people across the Global South hold tremendous potential, but they face disproportionate risks and barriers that can create challenging transitions into adulthood—particularly for girls and young women. BRAC’s flagship youth empowerment program, Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA), is a proven approach that combines social empowerment, economic empowerment, and education to enable young people to reach their potential. Randomized evaluations in several contexts have demonstrated ELA’s positive impact.

In the spirit of learning and under the umbrella of the Spotlight Initiative, UNFPA supported Adolescent Empowerment at Scale: Successes and challenges of an evidence-based approach to young women’s programming in Africa, a synthesis of lessons learned over the 15-year history of BRAC’s ELA program, for the benefit of the wider development community. Watch the engaging presentation and discussion of the new report, featuring a presentation by the report’s primary author, Sarah Tofte of Understory Consulting, and a discussion among panelists from UNFPA, BRAC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UCLA.

Read more: Learn about BRAC’s youth empowerment programs.