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The State of the Sustainable Development Goals in the United States

March 17, 2022

President Biden entered office in January 2021 with the promise to end the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate an economic transformation to "build a better America." But what, exactly, does "better" mean? Answering that question in specific ways means establishing explicit benchmarks for progress, analyzing current trends, and identifying their impact and on whom.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help with the answer. These 17 comprehensive, interconnected goals offer a set of metrics and evidence to better understand where the U.S. is on a set of critical economic, social, and environmental dimensions, and how far it needs to go in its quest to build a better America.

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World

May 14, 2013

Adolescent girls are on the move. Throughout the developing world, natural disasters, political emergencies, child marriage, and violence force a migration journey many girls do not choose. But for most girls, migration is a choice made in a quest for social and economic advancement. Migration offers adolescent girls the possibility and promise of opportunity. Absent from their parents and the limits of their natal homes, migrant girls can seize new opportunities and fully enjoy their human rights as they enter adulthood.The ability to navigate a number of critical milestones throughout her journey shapes a migrant girl's success or failure. An unsuccessful transition can have significant consequences. It is those consequences that are portrayed in popular culture: the trafficked Eastern European girl who is sexually exploited; the young Chinese woman hunched over a sewing machine in filthy surroundings; the frightened domestic worker in Central America. These disadvantages are real and deserve attention, but they do not tell the whole story.This report brings a fresh image of girls' migration: the uniformed secondary school student in a boarding school in Zimbabwe; the apprentice acquiring tailoring skills in Ghana; and the factory worker in Bangladesh abandoning her traditional role to negotiate higher wages with an employer. Should a migrant girl successfully navigate her journey, the ability to unlock her potential expands enormously. When she thrives in her new home, a successful migrant girl can be a powerful agent of social and economic change, transforming the prospects of her family and community. She has a unique potential, known as the girl effect, to end poverty for herself and for others. With a primary focus on internal migration, "Girls on the Move" presents evidence not only about how and why a girl moves, but ultimately about what factors enable girls to take advantage of new opportunities in employment, education, and health. Building from the evidence, the report recommends policies and programs for migrant adolescent girls that take account of their diversity, ensure protection, and cultivate connections, assets, and capital -- the main ingredients for migrant girls' success.

Adolescent Girls Economic Opportunities Study in Rwanda

February 1, 2013

This study aims to understand the economic barriers and constraints facing adolescent girls in Rwanda, as well as the opportunities for building assets, increasing empowerment, and tackling discriminatory institutions so that girls can better access and benefit from viable opportunities.It delivers a situational analysis with recommendations that inform the design of programmes for creating economic empowerment for adolescent girls.

Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies

October 6, 2011

Analyzes participation of adolescent girls in rural economies. Recommends empowering girls to be agents of social and economic change by supporting their personal and professional development, health, safety, and equal access.

Travelers' Philanthropy Handbook

February 22, 2011

Offers a detailed guide to contributing time, talent, and treasure to local projects beyond what is generated via normal tourism. Profiles various organizations' approaches and best practices for businesses, communities and local groups, and travelers.

Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development

July 31, 2010

Presents adolescent girls' views on the value of education and its impact on their lives, their aspirations, and barriers to long-term change as guidance for targeting interventions to improve self-determination and health, social, and economic outcomes.

On the Map: Charting the Landscape of Girl Work

January 1, 2010

This document presents the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and how they have worked for many years to advance girls around the world. Recognizing the recent growth in girl-related attention and investment, ICRW undertook an initial mapping exercise in 2009 to understand more about the current landscape of "girl work" in the developing world. This paper presents the key findings from this exercise, describing what we have learned about the donors and organizations engaged in girl work, the policy and program efforts underway, and current and future directions for the field. It is hoped that the findings and considerations emerging from this mapping exercise will contribute toward a more strategic and coordinated effort to mobilize additional actors, resources and ideas on behalf of girls around the world

New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls

November 17, 2009

Offers data and analysis on the impact of education on adolescent girls' lives and highlights promising approaches. Calls for evaluating girl-friendly education programs, compiling data on non-formal schools, and improving curricula, access, and supports.

Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda

April 30, 2008

Explains how girls' welfare affects overall economic and social outcomes. Outlines steps to disaggregate health, education, and other data by age and gender; invest strategically in girls' programs; and ensure equitable benefits for girls in all sectors.

Climate Data: Insights and Observations

December 1, 2004

Focuses mainly on the 25 countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions to examine variations in carbon intensity, vulnerability to adverse climate impacts, and capacity to address climate change. Provides policy relevant observations.

International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: A Survey of Approaches

December 1, 2004

Provides an overview of key issues in the design and negotiation of future international climate efforts and describes how various proposals seek to address them. Outlines criteria for assessing different options from a policy and a political perspective.

Reefs at Risk in the Caribbean

January 1, 2004

Utilizes GIS data to determine reef degradation throughout the entire Caribbean from four primary sources, including coastal developments, water-based sediment and pollution coming from fertilizers from farms, marine based pollution, and over fishing.