Learn. Work. Thrive.
This paper focuses on this Adolescent Girls Initiative by the World Bank to help the transition of young women from school to stable employment. About 34% of young women in developing countries are out of the labor force and school. Studies show that adolescence is a crucial time when women often have increased restrictions in developing countries, including marriage and childbearing. The World Bank project is being implemented in 8 countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Jordan, Lao PDR, Liberia, Nepal, Rwanda, and South Sudan, reaching 17,000 girls. The project is being customized to each country, with the goal of promoting women’s economic empowerment by bringing more women into the labor force. The paper highlights reasons why young women’s participation in the labor force is low and the results the World Bank has seen in various countries by implementing skills training programs to help adolescent girls eventually find stable jobs.