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Girls and Boys by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 8, 2009, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Articles, conflict, Development theory

So coincidentally I went to two different sites this week – one looking at boys and the other girls:

1. GIRLS:  Until recently I had only got as far as the slick video published by the Nike Foundation on the Girl Effect. My explorations this week led me further into their website and I found the “Your Move” section of their site useful in giving some practical tools and structures for thinking about how to include a girl-focussed approach in programs. In particular I liked the approaches to finding girls in the community on page 10 and the self assessments to allow different types of organizations to understand the degree to which they are including girls in their programs (page 19 onwards). I’m still looking for some materials that talk about how this fits with an overall youth approach but it gave me some food for thought.

2. BOYS: A recent World Bank paper finds a correlation between countries with high numbers of under-educated boys and violence and tests five hypotheses relating to education and young men. The full report is published here or you can get a summary from Foreign Policy here.   Our attention is drawn in particular to the challenges for Sub-Saharan Africa which faces the youngest age structure and the lowest educational attainment levels.

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