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Adaptation in practice: lessons from teenage pregnancy programmes in Sierra Leone

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Clare Castillejo, Stephanie Buell

Hero image description: A mother and daughter in Freetown, Sierra Leone Image credit:Dominic Chavez/World Bank Image license:CC BY-NC ND 2.0

This brief discusses initial learning emerging from the 'Adaptive approaches to reducing teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone' action research project. The project is accompanying three international non-governmental organisations in Sierra Leone as they trial adaptive approaches to addressing teenage pregnancy.

The brief begins with an introduction to current approaches to dealing with the problem followed by the development of the action research project. It then presents initial insights generated by the project regarding the drivers of teenage pregnancy; what is required to work adaptively on this issue in Sierra Leone; and the experience of accompanying adaptive programmes with action research. It concludes by identifying key questions emerging from the project so far.

A mother and daughter in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Clare Castillejo and Stephanie Buell