Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

A Longitudinal Qualitative Evaluation of an Economic and Social Empowerment Intervention to Reduce Girls’ Vulnerability to HIV in Rural Mozambique

An intervention including business training and health education was implemented in Mozambique, where girls are at elevated risk for acquiring HIV. As part of a mixed-methods evaluation, we describe perceived effects of the intervention on girls’ sexual behavior and school attendance.

  • Longitudinal qualitative data revealed some promising effects of the intervention on outcomes.
  • Findings illustrated potential pathways from intervention to reductions in HIV vulnerability.
  • Programs serving vulnerable girls need to address potential harms of the intervention.
  • We demonstrate the value of using mixed-methods for programmatic evaluations to better understand intervention effects.