Program Priorities and Indicators

Indicators and Targets

Beginning in 2012, Summit began monitoring three national-level indicators and tracking movement towards corresponding targets in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico, which are roughly aligned with some gender equality-related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Summit’s targets are:

  • Decrease the adolescent fertility rate among adolescent girls aged 15-19 by 20% from 2010 to 2020
  • Decrease the percentage of adolescent girls married or in union before age 18 by 25% from 2010 to 2020
  • Increase the percentage of young women aged 20-24 who complete secondary school by 20% from 2010 to 2020

Once data is released covering the year 2020, we hope to see these improvements, which would indicate more empowered and equal women and girls. The national contexts are challenging and these indicators have significant limitations, such as failing to reflect sub-national rates and inequities among sub-population groups.



In addition to projects addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR), our projects focus on equality for women and girls encompassing one or more of the goals below:

  • Promoting and enabling girls’ secondary education and economic opportunity;
  • Ending child marriage/early unions; and
  • Engaging communities, particularly men and boys, to transform gender norms.

As a cross-cutting strategy, Summit has long supported youth leadership development linked to improving ASRHR and changing gender norms.

In many projects, we go local, directly or indirectly supporting grassroots stakeholders to reach girls and young women, and to change the attitudes and behaviors of those around them– parents, their male partners, teachers, health care providers and community leaders.

We challenge grantees to define success, to aim high, and to measure what works and what does not, in aid of course corrections and scale up.

We see the opportunity to generate and leverage results through our grantees’ successes and recognize that with few private foundation donors in Central America, our investments are important.


For more information regarding the grantmaking of the Equality for Women and Girls program, please see the expanded program four pager and our Recent Grants page.

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