A school support program in rural Zimbabwe for adolescent female orphans, defined as children under 18 years old with one or both parents deceased. For five years — during grades 6-10 — the program paid the girls’ school fees and provided them with free school uniforms and supplies, as well as a school-based female “helper” who monitored their attendance and followed-up with girls who were absent. The support was conditioned on the girls’ remaining enrolled in school.
Arnold Ventures’ Evidence-Based Policy team continuously monitors and reviews the evaluation literature in international development, as we do in domestic U.S. social policy, to identify programs with credible RCT evidence of important effects on people’s lives. However, given our organization’s focus on U.S. social policy, we only provide “highlights” of our evidence reviews for most international development programs (as shown above), without the accompanying detailed PDF summaries that we provide for U.S. programs.