This report describes results from the midline survey of Accelerating Action to End Child Marriage in Bangladesh. The objective of the program is to identify effective and scalable approaches to end child marriage by empowering girls and communities. To bring about social norms change, the program experiments with alternative means of community engagement that can be offered in conjunction with skills-development opportunities for adolescent girls. The program is being assessed in a multi-arm cluster randomized trial. This report explores the impact on the prevalence of child marriage in two districts of Bangladesh as well as on a range of other indicators at the end of approximately 11 months of intervention. The program builds on Bangladesh’s BALIKA study to test whether an additional social norms component added to the skills-development program, aimed at addressing community-level norms about females (and particularly adolescents), can offer additional benefits for ending child marriage in the communities. The program also aims to answer important questions about sustainable scale-up of girl programs.
Billah, Masuma, Eashita Haque, Surojit Kundu, Md. Saddam Hossain, Momoe Makino, and Sajeda Amin. 2020. "Midline report: Accelerating action to end child marriage in Bangladesh." Dhaka: Population Council.
BALIKA (Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents)