sexual and reproductive health

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) in Mukuru and Kajiado, 2019

BACKGROUND
The Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) is a five-year (2015-2020) education project that is seeking to empower marginalized in-and out-of-school adolescent girls and boys aged 10-19 years in urban informal Nairobi (Mukuru) and rural Kajiado areas of Kenya. The AEP is focusing on three main areas: (i) adolescent sexual and reproductive health, (ii) economic empowerment and (iii) use of ICT to support and enhance learning.

OBJECTIVES
The specific objectives of the midline study were to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices of adolescents on ASRH, gender norms, saving and economic empowerment, financial literacy, youth leadership and decision making, education and schooling.

METHODS
Quantitative and qualitative methods were used.

KEY FINDINGS
- The AEP was associated with likelihood of adolescents seeking SRH services, increased confidence to access SRH services and higher intention to use contraceptives.
- Negative gender norms and harmful traditional practices are prevalent, especially in Kajiado.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ likelihood to save.
- At midline, there were increases in adolescents with economic empowerment.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ financial literacy.
- The AEP was associated with greater participation in youth groups and improved youth leadership norms.
- The AEP had marginal effects on schooling outcomes such as learning and attendance.
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