GirlSPARKS News & Events

Read the latest from the GirlSPARKS team, as we share upcoming opportunities and GirlSPARKS events.


2015 May – Kavresthali, Nepal. M Samper for Mercy Corps

Applications are now open for GirlSPARKS’ regional training in Bangkok, Thailand, from 13th – 15th August 2019. Over the course of this three-day interactive workshop, participants will develop the skills they need to design intentional programming for girls, or to improve their current programming to be more girl-centred.

Download a flyer here to read more and begin your application.

Early bird discount deadline: 31st May 2019
Final application deadline: 31st July 2019



March saw the GirlSPARKS team host its first regional training for programme teams based in the Middle East. Participants from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria came together to explore the tools and approaches behind Girl-Centred Design and share their experiences of programming for girls in humanitarian and development contexts.

The three-day training was led by GirlSPARKS trainers Mohammed Munibbari, Saif Atari and Joseph Baker, with Ayah Al-Oballi from Mercy Corps’ Regional Center for Adolescent Girls co-facilitating and sharing her experiences of designing projects with adolescent girls.

Through group work, role play, presentation and individual reflection, participants developed the skills to design safer and more inclusive projects for adolescent girls.

“Eye opener. It is a way to empower girls and give them ownership.”

While the training methodology followed that of our previous workshops, this regional training was the first time that GirlSPARKS’ curriculum has been deployed in Arabic. Feedback has been highly positive, with participants praising “activities that make learning easier and enjoyable, a lot of discussions and experience sharing”.

Participants take part in an energiser between sessions

On the final day of the training, groups designed prototypes of their interventions and services for adolescent girls, before pitching them to the rest of the participants and iterating their ideas. One group deserves special mention for creating a video as part of their prototype (we will wait to see if that becomes publicly available!).

A huge thank you to all participants for your engagement and feedback!



From 16th-18th January, GirlSPARKS trainers Sylvia Namale and Zaitun Nabateregga co-facilitated a Girl-Centred Design training for nine community-based organisations in Jinja, Uganda.

Twenty five participants convened at the offices of Non-Violence Project Uganda to explore GirlSPARKS’ three-day Girl-Centred Design curriculum. The workshop was conducted in English, Luganda and Lusoga to ensure that all participants were able to take part throughout the training.

“The participatory method used by the trainers gave us the opportunity to practise the principles being taught right on the spot.”

On the final day of the training, participants explored how to apply concepts from Human-Centred Design to their programming with girls. By synthesising the data they collected over the course of the training, brainstorming ideas, and developing programme prototypes, participants developed practical skills to keep girls at the centre of the programme design process.

Many thanks to Peter Clarke at World Experience Exchange and Eddy Balina at Non-Violence Project Uganda for their support in convening the training.


December 11, 2016 – Jordan, Zaatari Refugee Camp. Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps.

Applications are now open for GirlSPARKS’ regional training in Amman, Jordan, from 11th-13th March 2019. Over the course of this three-day interactive workshop, participants will develop the skills they need to design intentional programming for girls, or to improve their current programming to be more girl-centred.

Download a flyer here for more information about participation fees, and to complete your application.

Applications are due by 31st January, 2019.

Read more about our last regional training, held in Nairobi in October 2018.



The GirlSPARKS team are pleased to announce the 2019 schedule for our in-person trainings, online course and webinar series. To receive an application and information pack for one of our regional trainings and to indicate your preferred location for future trainings, register your interest here.

Applications for our Asia & the Pacific regional training, from April 29th – May 1st 2019, are now open. Please download a flyer here to begin your application.

Sign up to our free online course here, and begin to explore girl-centred approaches with your team and peer learners.

March 11th-13th
Middle East & North Africa
Amman, Jordan

April 29th- May 1st
Asia & the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
(download flyer here)

Location TBC

January 14th – March 11th
(enrol here)

March 18th- May 13th
(enrol here)

May 20th – July 15th
(enrol here)

(details TBC)

(details TBC)

(details TBC)

We will continue to update this calendar throughout the year, so please sign up to our newsletter and email us if you have any questions at



On Monday 1st October GirlSPARKS launched the first in our series of Girl-Centred Design regional trainings.

Twenty-two participants from Mercy Corps and international and national non-governmental organisations came together in Nairobi for three days of interactive learning around Girl-Centred Design.

Over the course of the three day training, participants explored GirlSPARKS’ Girl-Centred Design approach as GirlSPARKS trainers guided them through a series of participatory sessions and role play activities.

“Consulting the girl made me appreciate the fact that the girl is the expert of her own life. So she is the only one who can give information about herself.”

“This was a great training and a worthy investment of my time and money.”

Read more of the feedback from training participants here.

A big thank you to participants and our team of trainers, Katy Chadwick, Zaitun Nabateregga, Sylvia Namale and Julia Wendt.

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On Thursday 27th September Girls Speak Out brought together a range of stakeholders in Kampala, Uganda, to hear from girls themselves about the issues that affect their lives.

During the event, a diverse panel of girls discussed a range of topics, including their experience of living positively with HIV, accessing education, preventing violence and assault against girls and young women, inclusion of girls with disabilities, combatting stigma and speaking out for equality.


In particular, girls highlighted the importance of listening to their voices and being treated with respect – and the difference that this makes to their lives and their confidence.

“As a girl living with HIV,” Bonita explains, “I used to say the world is not fair and I stopped taking medicine. I joined a group for other young people living with HIV, and I gained back my power. I passed the school grade.”

Girls Speak Out was hosted by GirlSPARKS  alongside partners Health Plus Development Communications, Rhythm of Life and Global Fund for Children. Special thanks to Grant Thornton Uganda for their venue and support.

Thank you to everyone that participated in person and joined the discussion online!  #GirlsSpeakOut #GSOUganda #ListentoHer #GirlsVoices #GirlsLead #GirlCentredProgramming


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