Preventing Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings

Preventing Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings


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 is partnering with Save the Children, Plan International, and local organizations in Jordan and Bangladesh on a long-term research initiative to strengthen efforts to prevent child marriage in humanitarian contexts. The initiative involves three phases:

  • Phase 1 (Completed): 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 (2019): 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 2020): A co-designed intervention, informed by girls’ voices and community stakeholders, to be piloted and evaluated in a humanitarian context

The Report: Toward An End to Child Marriage