Scaling Up Programming to Prevent Child Marriage in Ethiopia

Research has demonstrated that delayed marriage can be achieved in a cost-efficient and scalable way, through school supplies provision and community conversations for younger girls and conditional cash transfers for older adolescent girls.  Research has also shown the importance of targeting locations where the highest burden of child marriage is found, in order to maximize cost-effectiveness and achieve greatest impact.

Building on the learning momentum achieved in earlier generations of child marriage research in Ethiopia, the Evidence Project/Population Council is undertaking a study to extend our understanding of child marriage prevention and support to married girls, especially through promotion and provision of family planning. This study seeks to develop procedures to identify locations where child marriage is prevalent for targeted investment in child-marriage prevention, to monitor and measure the scaling up of approaches to prevent child marriage.