Millions of adolescents in Africa face multiple challenges including hunger, low academic achievement, early pregnancy, and violent behaviour. Many such vulnerabilities have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Promoted by the UNDP, “development accelerators” are services and policies that address multiple vulnerabilities simultaneously. Currently, there is limited evidence to inform which “accelerators” should be prioritised for further evaluation and incorporated into policymaking. Three key considerations for exploratory research on development accelerators are methodological rigor, transparent reporting, and assessment of key assumptions underlying policy recommendations. This session will present progress on incorporating these three areas into ongoing research using the example of ending violence against children.
This work is part of the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescent Hub