Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Emerging Models from Sub-Saharan Africa

This webinar will feature several models and donor perspectives for facilitating market linkages for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. These models are critical in fostering their economic empowerment and agency to stay HIV-free and safe from violence. We'll hear from program implementers and donors about the key challenges young women in these settings face and the pathways that can enable them to become successful entrepreneurs and employees. It can be especially difficult for adolescent girls and young women to break into male dominated trades and sectors. Panelists will also discuss the implications of COVID-19 for economic strengthening with AGYW.

Following the webinar, attendees will have a keen understanding of what models work and can be adapted or applied to similar settings for economic empowerment of AGYW. They will also walk away with clarity on how COVID-19 is both increasing the economic insecurity of young women and opening up new opportunities for virtual work in the digital economy.


  • Moderator - Jason Wolfe: Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Strengthening.
  • Carrie Ellett: Regional Advisor for Youth Empowerment, BRAC USA - Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program.
  • Banele Mandaza: Program Manager Zimbabwe, The Bantwana Initiative of World Education - Siyakha Girls project.
  • Constantine Obuya: Executive Director, African Center for Women, Information and Communication Technology (ACWICT) - Vusha Girls Employability project.

About this event

External Webinar
COP Topics:
Digital Solutions, Segments, Women's Economic Empowerment, Financial Health