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Economic empowerment: the project has trained and provided income generating materials for 147 adolescent girls across project communities

Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI)

Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI) aims to improve choices and opportunities for adolescent girls in Nigeria so they can live productive and meaningful lives.

Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI) is a Christian Aid funded programme that aims to improve significantly the choices and opportunities available for adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria to live productive and meaningful lives.

It seeks to change individual and societal behaviours, attitudes and perceptions that hamper the opportunities of girls, using the strong influence of religion through religious leaders as enablers to facilitate this change.

Specifically the issues the project seeks to address:

  1. Economic empowerment
  2. Education
  3. Early marriage (time of marriage)

Key information

Location

Kaduna State, Nigeria

Timescale

April, 2016 - July, 2018

Target population

  • Primary beneficiaries are adolescent girls
  • Primary stakeholders are faith leaders
  • Other stakeholders involved include traditional leaders, parents of adolescent girls, male champions, larger community members

Partners

Gender Awareness Trust and Development and Peace Initiative

Funded by Christian Aid - In Their Lifetime (ITL)

Christian Aid

Christian Aid

Our approach

Some of the strategies which have been adopted during the project include:

  1. Working closely with faith leaders and traditional leaders to train and empower them to raise awareness of the issues affecting adolescent girls and influence and reinforce positive behaviours and attitudes.
  2. Strategically using mass media and other communication technologies to influence change.
  3. Creating safe spaces for adolescent girls and other community members, which serves as motivation for social dialogue around issues that affect them.

Key achievements

Development of a toolkit

We developed a key toolkit, which was used by the faith leaders for advocacies during the project. This toolkit was developed in a participatory manner by faith actors.

The toolkit simplified and helped to differentiate some religious teachings from deep-rooted cultural practices.

The translation to Hausa language made the toolkit more effective as a greater number of faith actors were able to use the document for sermons and teachings.

Faith leaders

Faith leaders at community level, have actively intervened in the cancellation of planned weddings for underage girls in their communities.

Now, these girls are either back in school or learning a skill/trade to improve their choices and opportunities. 

Male champions

Male champions are now supporting adolescent girls to achieve their dreams, either to continue education or learn a trade.

Economic empowerment

The project bought and distributed economic empowerment/income generating materials for 147 adolescent girls across project communities. These girls have started using these materials and are now making money to support themselves and their families. 

Giving girls a voice

Adolescent girls have been trained to on self-awareness, leadership and they are beginning to speak up for themselves on the issues that bother them.

Lack of education: there has been an increase in the enrolment of girls in schools as result of project activities and awareness

Lack of education: there has been an increase in the enrolment of girls in schools as result of project activities and awareness

Photo: Christian Aid

Reports and resources

Download a two page summary document of the CAAGI programme, including case studies of faith leaders advocating for adolescent girls.

A guide for religious leaders of both Christian and Islamic faiths in Nigeria as they address the challenges faced by adolescent girls.

A study based on listening to community members, local leaders, faith leaders, and adolescent girls in three areas of Kaduna state.

A study from the Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI) two-year pilot project funded by Christian Aid in Nigeria.

Adolescent Girls (AGs) in Northern Nigeria have very limited choices and opportunities to reach their full potential.

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