New York: Population Council, 2014. 65 p.
The objective of the “BALIKA: Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents” project is to generate programmatic evidence to delay marriage in Bangladesh. This report documents baseline data from a survey conducted in 96 villages in the districts of Khulna, Narail, and Satkhira on a range of related indicators on education, livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health, and social life. The project offers skill development for girls who are at highest risk—i.e., they are between the ages of 12–18 and live in impoverished areas of the country with the highest child marriage prevalence—and explores the potential benefits of investing in girls’ skill development for empowerment and poverty reduction. In addition to documenting baseline rates, the purpose of this report is to present results from the survey in ways that can inform the design and implementation of adolescent surveys. The survey covered girls 12–19 years of age living in the catchment area of 96 villages.
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