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Florence and Diana play chess ikaaya girls’ club in northern Kampala

Florence Nabukenya, 21, and Diana Lalule, 26, play chess at the Kikaaya girls’ club in northern Kampala, Uganda. More than 70,000 girls in Uganda have joined clubs run by the nongovernmental organization BRAC looking for friendship, advice and access to loans for micro-businesses. The clubs fall under BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents program and aim to build confidence and a sense of economic and social empowerment, the organization says. The World Bank Gender Innovation Lab evaluated the impact of the clubs and found that the clubs (i) raise the likelihood that girls engage in income generating activities by 72%, as well as raise their expenditure on private consumption goods by 38%, (ii) decrease teen pregnancy by 26% and reduce early entry into marriage/cohabitation by 58%, (iii) girls reporting sex against their will drops from 14% to almost half that level. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on June 25, 2015