Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is a nine-year (2015-2024) mixed methods longitudinal research and evaluation programme funded by UK Aid from the UK government. It will generate and share evidence on good-practice programmes and policies to help adolescent girls in the Global South reach their full potential.
GAGE aims to understand what programmes are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ lives. GAGE addresses key questions around programme effectiveness, focusing on the timing, intensity and duration of programmes and their ultimate legacy effects, including the extent to which they reshape gendered social norms.
GAGE will generate unique cross-country data following girls, along with their families and peers (including boys), from early adolescence through to adulthood. Research findings will contribute to the global understanding on programme impacts and what is needed to meet the ambitious targets of Sustainable Development Goal 5, focused on the empowerment of women and girls globally. At country level we will use our evidence to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, to strengthen policy and practice to advance the wellbeing of adolescent girls and boys.
Using the consortium’s extensive partnerships and networks, GAGE will provide policy makers, programme funders, designers and implementers with the evidence and tools they need to design policies and programmes to fast-track social change for adolescent girls in diverse contexts. GAGE research will put girls’ perspectives at the centre of its evidence base.
The GAGE consortium is managed by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Members comprise leading research institutions from Africa, MENA, South Asia, the UK and the US; and the world’s leading non-governmental organisations working on adolescence and gender.
GAGE Independent Advisory Group
The GAGE Independent Advisory Group comprises provides strategic guidance to the programme.
- Dr Robert Blum (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
- Andrea Cook (United Nations Population Fund)
- Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi (African Development Bank)
- Dr Arjan de Haan (IDRC)
- Roopa Hinton (DFID)
- Ruby Johnson (FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund)
- Gerison Lansdown – Chair (International Institute for Child Rights & Development)
- Dr Anju Malhotra (UNICEF)
- Sonomi Tanaka (Asian Development Bank)
- Dr Rachel Thomson (University of Sussex)
GAGE Management Team
The GAGE Management Team is supported by the programme office, which is based at ODI.
- Dr Nicola Jones, Director
- Dr Bassam Abu Hamad, Middle East and North Africa Associate Regional Director
- Dr Sarah Baird, Impact Evaluation Lead
- Dr Caroline Harper, Senior Strategic Advisor
- Africa Regional Director – TBC
- South Asia Associate Regional Director - TBC
- Caroline Spencer, Operations and Partnerships Manager
GAGE Ambassadors provide strategic guidance on the agenda and execution of the programme, and represent emerging issues and evidence relevant to adolescent girls on the international and regional stage.
- Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta (Aga Khan University, University of Toronto)
- Peter da Costa (Independent)
- Dr Naila Kabeer (London School of Economics)
- Professor Henrietta Moore DBE (University College London)
- Dr Priya Nanda (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Professor George Patton (University of Melbourne)
Our Geographic Focus
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