Project on Participation and Development Rights of Adolescent Girls (PDAP) in Mali

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The project on Participation and Development Rights of Adolescent Girls is the result of a collaborative effort by three UN agencies-UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA and the national government of Mali funded by the United Nations Foundation.

Project Objectives

To know, understand and improve the conditions and the current situation of Adolescent Girls in Mali through

  • Adolescent girls development
    extend literacy activities for marginalized and migrant (working) adolescents girls Analyse livelihoods opportunities linked with micro finance (savings, credits)
  • Reproductive health (RH)
    enhance adolescent girls capacity in decision making concerning RH
  • Legal and social protection
    enhance capacity of adolescent girls in promotion of their rights
  • Adolescent girls participation
    promote the participation of girls in democratic process and public life
  • Cross sectoral initiatives
    comprehensive approach to adolescent development harmonize information and data sources on adolescents
  • Project Background

    Situation of Adolescents particularly girls in Benin

  • 50% of the population are less than15 years old
  • 22% of the population are between 10 to 19
  • Primary education for girls compared to boys are 11.9% to 15.6%
  • Secondary education for girls compared to boys 7% to 15.1%
  • 42% of girls between 15-19 years are married
  • 42.4% of girls 15-19 are against the use of contraceptive
  • DHS data analysed by Population Council- link
  • The key assumptions in designing the pilot intervention were based on the following

  • "adolescent girls" as a group is unknown and they have particular needs;
  • development policies, projects and programs do not take this group into account;
  • interventions are partial, punctual, and often poorly identified;
  • adolescents are confused with children and women;
  • often, adolescents are considered as a homogenous group.
  • Within the overall support provided to the project by UNF, UNICEF received $ 480,900 for a period of two years (January 2001-March 2003) for the execution of the project activities.

    UNICEF have taken a lead in the areas of non formal schooling including exploring livelihood options linked to credit facilities and advocacy and capacity building on rights promotion for adolescent girls particularly the marginalized and under-privileged. A comprehensive approach to adolescent development and participation involving all the actors is also one of the priority focus of UNICEF within the project. 

    Initiation of the project in collaboration with development partners and the Government of Mali reinforces and renews the commitment made by different actors towards CRC and CEDAW for furthering the rights of adolescents.

    The sustainability of the project is based on the assumption that with the evaluation results from the 2-year experience a coherent project with a objective to integrate adolescent girls issues in the mainstream UNDAF framework will be submitted for further funding.  


    The Situation of Adolescent Girls in Mali (DHS data analysed by Population Council)


    The Situation of Adolescent Girls in Mali (DHS data analysed by Population Council)




    Project Partners

    National Counterpart: National Directorate for Children and Family Promotion (DNPEF)

    Implementing Partner: Ministry for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family Associated implementing partners: UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA


    Stakeholders acquire new knowledge and better understanding about adolescents in particular girls.

    UN agencies reinforce their partnership for adolescent development and participation.

    Database on adolescent girls

    Adolescent girls understands the risks associated with health outcomes and are able to negotiating their situation for a better life.