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    Sunday, 18 December 2016

    Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) PROJECT BACKGROUND

    The Coca-Cola Company is partnering with the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge in its Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) programme, an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalised adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.

    ENGINE is guided by Coca-Cola’s 5by20 initiative to economically empower five million women in their global value chain by 2020. The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps will manage the implementation of ENGINE, with support from the Nike Foundation, Girl Hub Nigeria, solar social enterprise d.light and three Nigerian Civil Society Organizations.

    The project will be evaluated by The Khana Group, an independent evaluator. GOAL To improve the lives of 18,000 marginalised girls. THEORY OF CHANGE ENGINE’s Theory of Change states that when marginalised Nigerian girls complete education and training cycles and are supported by gatekeepers they will be more skilled employees and have increased earning power and increased decision-making within the household.

    This Theory of Change will be supported by ENGINE’s objectives and activities and will contribute to GEC’s overall impact of improved life chances for marginalised girls while simultaneously providing further evidence that improved female education contributes to economic growth, reduced poverty and a range of other social and environmental benefits.

    OUTPUTS ENGINE activities support three primary outputs: 1. Ensure marginalised in-school girls improve their learning outcomes in a supportive environment by participating in weekly Learning Space activities over a nine-month period to receive academic tutoring as well as employment readiness skills including financial education and leadership skills.

     2.Increase girls’ economic assets and their influence on household decision making through access to education, increased learning, and direct linkages to economic activities. ENGINE will enroll out-of school marginalised girls into nine-month education cycles to increase their business and entrepreneurial skills.

    After completing the education cycle they can choose to enter the Coca-Cola value chain as micro retailers or explore other business or employment avenues, including with social enterprise d.light solar. Through direct receipt of Coca-Cola assets (specialized training, direct receipt of Coca-Cola selling infrastructure and on-going mentoring and support) girls will benefit from increased incomes.

     3. Work with gatekeepers to enable girls’ access to and involvement in learning and economic opportunities. These interventions are critical to ensure girls can engage, enroll and stay in education and actively participate in income-generating activities to increase her standing in the household.


    Traditional approaches focus on the supply side of education, by increasing girls’ learning outcomes or employment skills. Such programmes may, in theory, lead to higher earning potential but do not directly provide opportunities for integration into jobs. ENGINE is unique in that it aims to address both the supply side and the demand side, connecting older adolescent girls with market-driven economic opportunities.

    Between October 2013-Jan 2016, ENGINE aims to improve the lives of 18,000 marginalized girls drawn from Lagos and the northern states of Kano, Kaduna and the FCT by improving the quality and reach of education and ensuring new educational opportunities translate into real economic and social choices for girls.

    This includes a projected 5,400 marginalized girls currently enrolled in school and more than 12,600 marginalized girls currently out of school. 

    OUTCOMES ENGINE aims to deliver benefits at several levels. · Girl level: Adolescent girls will obtain skills training that will help lead to increased wages and direct assets. We believe these benefits and support from gatekeepers will increase their life choices and influence over household decisions.

    · Household level: ENGINE aims to develop more productive households and communities with improved social and economic status of girls and women, as well as reduced income poverty within the targeted communities through increased savings for herself and her household and incentives around increased learning outcomes. · School level:

    ENGINE will assess learning outcomes and supplement girls’ academic curriculum while facilitating engagement as schools can adopt the Learning Space curriculum within the formal school structure. · Business level: By learning and acquiring demand-driven skills, girls can become more skilled employees and micro-retailers and a better educated consumer base for products and services. · Community level: Our vision is that educated ENGINE participants will eventually keep their own children in school longer - breaking inter generational cycles of low educational achievement and poverty.

     · Government level: ENGINE will work to operationalize policies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Financial Literacy Framework included in the Financial Inclusion Strategy and National Youth Development Policy. · Regional level: ENGINE can help develop a more competitive and productive economy with more women holding positions in the formal economy. For More Information Email: press@mercycorps.org Or visit 5by20.com or mercycorps.org E

    Mercy Corps in Nigeria Building peace through economic development, access to financial services and greater opportunities for adolescent girls MERCY CORPS SAVES AND IMPROVES LIVES IN THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PLACES When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflicts flare, Mercy Corps is there to help people survive and rebuild their lives. With a network of nearly 4,000 experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we are uniquely prepared and equipped to meet people’s urgent needs – such as food, water and shelter. At the same time, we start figuring out how to build back better.


    Mercy Corps is helping the people of Nigeria by: • Preventing and resolving conflict. • Building skills and opportunities for girls. • Increasing access to financial services so people can earn higher incomes.

    The Nigeria Context With approximately 170 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Its economic, sociocultural and political influence spreads across the entire continent, yet roughly 70 percent of the population continues to live in poverty. Income inequality and conflict over resources have contributed to significant ethnic and religious violence throughout the country.

    Mercy Corps believes that efforts to help Nigerians realize their full potential will have a substantial effect on the economic development and stability of the region and continent. Our strategy is to promote sustainable development through partnerships and programing focused on conflict mitigation and economic development, with particular attention on women and adolescent girls.

    Our Work Preventing and Resolving Conflict Recurring violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt has consistently undermined the region’s development.

    Conflict between pastoralists and farmers has increasingly taken on religious overtones, as predominantly Christian farmers clash with Muslim pastoralists over scarce natural resources. Mercy Corps is working to prevent and resolve conflict between pastoralists and farmers in four Middle Belt states, with an emphasis on conflicts that cross religious lines and negatively affect local livelihoods and economic growth.

    Our programing addresses underlying drivers of community conflict, preventing the escalation of ethno-religious violence and creating incentives for the government, the private sector and community members to take proactive measures to promote stability. We work with communities to prevent and resolve conflict.

    Photo: Mercy Corps Building Skills and Opportunities for Girls In eight northern states, 80 percent of women are illiterate -- compared to 54 percent of men. In one state women’s illiteracy is as high as 94 percent. 

    Yet many adolescent girls run their own small businesses in the informal economy. Mercy Corps recognizes that around the world adolescent girls are often marginalized and disengaged from household, local and national decision-making. This leaves them isolated and vulnerable to risky behavior and exploitation. Yet adolescent girls also present a huge opportunity.

    Mercy Corps conducted a study profiling 1,800 adolescents to identify key barriers to girls’ financial inclusion and opportunities for their economic advancement. We found that one-quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 are working, mostly running their own small businesses or taking part in small-scale economic activities, such as handicrafts, home-based businesses and food sales. 

    We also found strong demand for financial products and services.
    Our projects help vulnerable families find new ways to earn income. Photo: Mercy Corps. Using this knowledge, we developed programs to help transform the lives of adolescent girls. 

    We are ensuring that the education of marginalized girls is equitable and scalable by enrolling more girls in school, supporting their learning and helping them stay in school.
    We work to ensure that girls gain the fullest possible benefits of their education: making healthy decisions for themselves and their families, earning higher income, participating in and contributing to their communities in positive ways.

    Two programs support these goals. Our recently launched Girls Opportunity for Advancing Literacy (GOAL) program works with 1,800 marginalized female junior and senior school students (ages 15 to 19) in Ministry of Education and Islamiyya schools in Kano State to improve their success in school and empower them economically.

    A second program will target 16- to 19-year-old girls in school. We aim to improve their learning by establishing Safe Spaces where they receive academic tutoring, financial education and leadership skills. We will also target out-of-school teen girls, building their business, leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and explore partnerships to expand girls’ access to savings. Improving Access to Financial Services Mercy Corps provides technical direction for income generating activities.

    Our emphasis is on identifying and developing appropriate financial services and leading innovation on economic strengthening strategies. Working in the most financially excluded region of the country, we are reducing the barriers that keep vulnerable families from accessing financial services. 

    We connect these families with more diverse income sources so they may create better prospects for themselves. We’re helping girls gain access to financial services so they can become entrepreneurs. Photo: Mercy Corps Mercy Corps also belongs to the Central Bank of Nigeria Financial Literacy Implementation Group, through which we are supporting the development of an effective financial literacy curriculum for Nigerian schools -- and integrating into the school system the curriculum that’s developed.

    CONTACT Media Inquiries press@mercycorps.org Mercy Corps Global Headquarters 45 S.W. Ankeny Street Portland, OR 97204 503.896.5000 800.292.3355

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