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Stemming girls’ chronic poverty: Catalysing development change by building just social institutions

9th December, 2010
Overseas Development Institute, London, UK





This event launches the CPRC gender report which places girls and young-women centre stage and focuses the analysis on context-specific social institutions which inform and determine their life opportunities and agency. 

Addressing gender inequalities is among the more intractable policy and political issues of our time, not least in countries where many women and girls are absolutely poor and it is a critical aspect of the struggle against chronic poverty.   Adolescent girls and young women are a key group, whose experience and progress, or lack of it, at this point in their lives not only shapes their own adulthood but also the life chances of their children. 

This report therefore has a focus on girls, chronic poverty and social justice, and we intend it to stimulate  wider debate about the changes necessary to reform discriminatory social institutions so that the full capabilities of girls and young women can be realised. A summary document is also available.

Speakers and schedule

Key speakers and discussants include:

Dr. Andrew Norton
, Research Director, ODI; former Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank
Ellen Wratten, Deputy Managing Director, Girl Hub, Nike Foundation/ UK DFID



  • Dr. Wendy Baldwin, Vice President, Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, Population Council
  • Magda El Sanousi, Country Director, Oxfam GB, Lebanon, Beirut
  • Dr. Caroline Harper, Head of Programme, Social Development, ODI
  • Dr. Nicola Jones, Research Fellow, ODI

Event website

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Meeting reports


Resources and links

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