Theory of change
Batonga’s theory of change provides a framework for the empowerment programming we have developed for adolescent girls. Our model is girl-centered, focusing on the diverse needs of girls and the multiple risks they face such as social isolation or becoming a school drop-out. Through this model, our programs empower girls to make decisions and help change outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Our theory of change is grounded in the belief that equipping girls with the essential assets listed below will empower them as individuals and as groups to exercise the power of their voice, choice, and control. These new assets combined with systemic changes provided in our approach are essential in order for girls to drive gender equity in their communities and beyond.
|Social||Enhance their trusted relationships with peers and adults. Provide them health and human assets to enhance their knowledge of health services,||
|Cognitive||Develop girls’ literacy, problem solving capabilities, and critical consciousness.||
|Economic||Provide essential financial literacy and budgeting skills||
|Civic and Political||Advance girls’ leadership and negotiation skills||
Voice, Choice, and Control
|Voice||Allow girls to use their voice—their say in decision-making in households, politics, business, and other realms—through participation, leadership, and collective action.|
|Choice||Enable girls to have the option to stay in school or join the labor force, and decide whether, when, and with whom to have sex or to marry.|
|Control||Give girls power over their bodies and mobility, income, and other resources|