Beyond the Hype: Does it Really Pay to Invest in Girls?

Type “girl effect” into Google, and almost 410 million results appear. Girls, it seems, have been discovered, and with them the promise of an extraordinary return on investment. Empower girls, we are told, and big dividends will accrue in the realm of health, economic development and community building, education and the environment. But as with most seemingly perfect solutions, there is surely some unacknowledged complexity here. Is investing in girls really the “magic bullet” of the 21st century? How should resources be allocated? What don’t we know yet about the consequences?

Festival: 2014

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