London School of Economics EOPP: Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme LSE
EOPP: Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme

Current EOPP Research:
Human Capital, Financial capital, and the Economic Empowerment of Female Adolescents: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Uganda and Tanzania

Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess and Selim Gulesci (with Markus Goldstein, World Bank and Imran Rasul, UCL)


Policies that aim to enable and empower the 1.3 billion young people aged 12-24 in the developing world will determine the quality of the next generation of economic and social actors. The evaluation focuses on a Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) intervention designed to shed light on this issue directly. The intervention - known as the Adolescent Development Programme (ADP) - aims to increase the economic empowerment of adolescent girls in rural Uganda and Tanzania. The ADP provides a package of empowerment related skills, comprising elements of life-skills training, health assistance, income generation skills training, asset transfer, access to microfinance and mobilization of the local elites. The evaluation will cover 300 villages, equally split across Uganda and Tanzania. Of these, 200 randomly selected villages will receive the intervention. The other 100 randomly selected villages will serve as a control group.