The Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project (EPAG) is a $5M, three-year project to foster the transition of approximately 1,500 adolescent girls in Greater Monrovia and Kakata to productive employment through skills training and business development services. The training will focus on the provision of technical skills as well as the integration of life skills to address some of the crucial barriers to the development of adolescent girls in Liberia.

The project has four components:

  • Provision of job skills training to prepare adolescent girls for wage employment
  • Business development skills training and links to microfinance to foster young women entrepreneurs thereby raising their incomes and productivity
  • Increase the capacity of the Ministry of Gender and Development by executing the project and improving the ability of the Ministry and other stakeholders to formulate and execute policy and programming for adolescent girls
  • Impact evaluation of results, given the innovative nature of the project and the potential for scaling up

Partners: Nike Foundation

Implementing Partners: Government of Denmark, JSI John Snow, Inc., World Bank, Ministry of Gender and Development

Focus Areas: Capacity Building, Education,, Gender / Women's Rights, Private Sector Development

Locations: Montserrado (Monrovia), Margibi