Preventing Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings

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About the Project

Growing evidence shows that child marriage—a practice that critically infringes on girls’ rights and negatively affects their health, education, psychosocial wellbeing, and lifelong development—can increase in humanitarian settings. Yet research on the drivers of child marriage is limited, and evidence on effective interventions is nearly absent from the global literature.

The Health and Human Rights Program partnered with Save the Children, Plan International, and local organizations in Jordan and Uganda to form the Child Marriage Research Initiative. The purpose of this long-term initiative is to strengthen efforts to prevent child marriage in humanitarian context. The initiative involves three phases: 

  • Phase 1 (Completed 2018): A review of child marriage prevention and response interventions in humanitarian and development contexts, including a desk review of the evidence and interviews to gather lessons learned from practitioners

  • Phase 2 (Completed 2021): A multi-country, participatory study in humanitarian contexts to identify drivers, decision-making factors, and community-based solutions related to child marriage prevention and response

  • Phase 3 (Projected 2022): A co-designed intervention, informed by girls’ voices and community stakeholders, to be piloted and evaluated in humanitarian contexts in Jordan and Uganda.

NEW Phase II Report: Child Marriage in Crises: Girls and Parents Speak Out

Phase I Report: Toward An End to Child Marriage