Knowledge Note

Gender equality cannot be achieved until women have control over their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) decisions, including those that determine their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and for unintended, inadequately spaced, and early pregnancies. Drawing on lessons from seven impact evaluations (IEs) supported by the World Bank Group (WBG), this brief highlights lessons learned about strengthening SRH interventions to support women’s achievement of their own reproductive intentions. These IEs indicate that implementing comprehensive, interactive interventions in schools and community settings, increasing access to education for girls, and promoting girls’ empowerment and agency offer promise in improving SRH outcomes, particularly among adolescents. However, more rigorous and long-term impact evaluations are needed to better understand how to effectuate sustainable impacts on these outcomes, especially adolescent childbearing.

About the Presenters

Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer McCleary-Sills