Investment in vulnerable girls as a national development by hcj



Guatemala's ‘Abriendo Opportunities'
•   Population: 14 million
•   Growth rate: 2.5%
•   TFR: 4 births
•   IMR: 30 per 1,000 live births
•   MMR: 153 per 100,000 live
•   Proportion urban: 39%
•   Proportion under age 30:
•   Proportion indigenous: 38%
•   23 different languages
•   Live below poverty line: 75%
What is the situation of a 12-year-old
        rural indigenous girl?
• Around puberty, indigenous females tend to be
  withdrawn from the social sphere

• At this stage, the paths of girls and boys diverge:
  boys lives continue to open and girls lives contract
   – Young females begin to experience social isolation

• Restricting young girls from social services and
  opportunities contributes to chronic cycles of
  intergenerational poverty and poor health in the
  poorest communities
     The lives of rural indigenous girls
• Early school dropout
   – Limited opportunities to build vocational
     and productive skills
   – Inexistence of social and recreational
• Heavy domestic and productive
  work burden
• Limited mobility and autonomy
   – Reduced access to information and social
   – Decreased peer and social networks
• Increase in risk of social and gender
• Early marriage
   – Early and repeated pregnancies
Adolescent fertility rate

                               Adolescent fertility rates
                               births per 1000 women aged 15-19




    Abriendo Oportunidades program
              pilot phase
• Youth program inventory
  and subsequent Coverage
  Exercise revealed limited
  attention to Mayan girls
   – Nothing to build on

• Pilot designed and tested

• Collaboration with rural
  communities and local
                     Goals of program
  Build girls’ social health and economic assets
• Create inclusive safe public space for girls in communities
• Strengthen peer networks
• Provide access to
  alternative role models
  and life paths
• Offer opportunities for
  learning, recreation
  and social interaction
• Promote girls’ education,
   health, and well-being at
   the community level
 Strategy: participation is key
• Cascading leadership approach
• Young female adolescents ages 15–20 recruited
  and trained to become leaders:
   – Some undertake professional internship (with
     stipend) in local institutions
   – All lead community girls’ groups with girls 8-12
     and 13-18
• Continuous training and mentorship process
Program design: addressing the gaps

   focus               Ethnicity and
                         language             Peer to peer
To go where no other
  projects are going   Mentors speak the
                                            To cover the age sectors
                       local language and
                                              with greater unmet
                                            demands through peer
                          their culture
                                            education methodology
Program design: adapting to meet
    Use of
  technology               Graduates
                         taking the lead                 Expanding the
Use of GPS to improve
      knowledge                                            network
  of communities,
 safe spaces, threats     Mentors and graduates
                        involved in research design,
                             M&E and training            Connecting to services,
                                                       local governments, sharing
                                                                the model
Expected changes at level of girl
Assets provided through    Indicators of impact
                          • Girls’ and their needs more
                            visible and space for girls
                          • Safe public “unavoidable” in
                          • More friends and mentors
                          • Larger and stronger peer
                          • network self-esteem
                          • Access to positive role models
                            More ambitious educational,
                            and mentors and peer
                            employment and citizenship
                          • Opportunity to learn new
                            knowledge and skills
                          • Desire for
                          • Life plan later marriage and
                            smaller family
                          • Promoting registration in civil
                          • records through identity card
                            Greater autonomy and
                          • Stipend and bank account (girl
                          • Increased financial knowledge
                            and skills
    The program beyond the girl
Call to Action: Mobilize and                       Support and promote girls’ health,                       Create mechanisms for girls’
empower rural girls to improve                     well-being, and social participation.                    voices to be heard and
health, foster leadership and                      Improve SRH and increase autonomy,                       needs met at the family,
contribute to personal,                            life skills, education, and livelihood                   community and national
community and national                             options                                                  levels

                          Civil Society, Public
   Nation                   Sector, Private       Community        Family         Relationship                Individual
                            Sector, Donors

Goals:                                                                                                         Goals:
                                Goals:                    Goals:                       Goals:                  § Target most vulnerable by
§ Reorient policies and
  budgets to respond            § Train and support                                                              age, sex, marital status etc.
                                                          § Orient and                 § Skills building/
  to poorest, most                providers of youth
                                  programs and              engage key                   couples               § Build youth assets and
  vulnerable youth                                          leaders                      communication           capabilities
                                § Integrate agendas       § Create enabling            § Form positive         § Expand youth control over
§ Develop youth to                with constituent          environment for              gender norms            resources
  represent                       groups                    youth participation
  themselves and                                                                     Goals:
                                § Raise awareness         § Create safe
  claim entitlements                                                                 § Engage parents, in-laws, and others
                                  and visibility across     spaces for girls
                                  sectors                                            § Create supportive family environment
                                                          § Create positive
                                § Mobilize support
                                  and multi-sector
                                                            changes in social
                                  partnerships              norms
  Challenges 2011-2014
•Establish measures for success, participatorily

•Export and share methodology based on
“certification” approach

•Expand mechanisms for fund-raising

•Expand network for job opportunities,
scholarships and training

• Abriendo Oportunidades becomes a national
  organization led by young Maya women
  Useful lessons for other programs
•Methodology: coverage exercises, identifying
vulnerable populations and costs.
•Program design: applied research as base,
engagement of participants, adaptation to local
•Networking and maximizing local resources:
engaging leaders, creating partnerships, girl
•Monitoring and evaluation: simple strategies
adapted to local contexts

•Adaptation to context: working under difficult
logistic and social conditions
Questions or comments?

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