Run up to the Summit for the Future: Learning from Research on Adolescent Wellbeing in Bangladesh, Challenges and Priorities

The Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) program organized a dissemination workshop in Dhaka, where the latest midline findings around adolescents’ wellbeing were shared. The workshop brought together the international GAGE Team, GAGE local researchers and advisors, and representatives from different ministries, UN agencies, NGOs, and research institutions, who shared their views and experiences related to the lives of young people in Bangladesh.

This stakeholder workshop aimed to strengthen relationships and partnerships amongst actors working on adolescent wellbeing in Bangladesh and to align with national efforts to harmonise support and data with development partners. Another workshop goal was to share challenges and good practices with relevant government ministries. In addition, the event aimed to contribute to country preparations for the United Nations Summit of the Future in September 2024, which focused on how to ‘better meet the needs of the present while also preparing for the challenges of the future’.

The GAGE program was a decade-long (2016-2026) mixed-methods longitudinal research initiative exploring the gendered experiences of young people during adolescence and as they transitioned into early adulthood.

In Bangladesh, GAGE’s work was carried out in partnership with the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health, and researchers from the University of Chittagong.