Monthly Archives: July 2019

Ending teen pregnancy among girls in school in Malawi: an investment in knowledge pays the best interest

At ICPD Cairo ’94, Governments agreed that that education is the single most important element on the road to equality and empowerment of girls women. So far, findings from I-LEARN have shown that poverty is a major driver of both teen pregnancy among girls in school and of school dropouts. It was noted that families often struggle to pay for basic needs, including but not limited to school fees, school supplies, and boarding costs. In some instances, girls seek support from boys or men to meet these basic needs, after which they may be pressured into sex. In others, parents pressure or force their underage daughters to marry so that the groom can provide material support to the family, or simply so that their daughter will be supported by someone else. This indicates that greater efforts are needed in understanding and removing social and cultural barriers that hinder girls from completing school after pregnancy.

Reliable, accurate information vital to policymaking in Africa

The Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Policy, Eliya Zulu, spoke to Njiraini Muchira of The East African. What does the use of evidence in policymaking entail? The aim is to make sure that decision-makers have reliable and quality evidence every time they make decisions to improve the well-being of people. Evidence