This endline report presents findings from the More Than Brides Alliance’s (MTBA) project “Marriage: No Child’s Play” (MNCP) carried out in four countries: India, Malawi, Mali, and Niger. The MTBA project sought to empower girls, raise awareness about the risks of child marriage, improve girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services, and support social norms favorable to girls’ education, economic engagement, and agency in marital decision-making. Results are presented from the MNCP evaluation, including over the final year, which was characterized by significant adaptations in programming and research due to Covid-19. This report explores behavioral outcomes related to child marriage, schooling, work, and pregnancy, as well as indicators related to knowledge and attitudes, based on cross-sectional surveys in intervention and comparison villages conducted with adolescent girls ages 12–19 at three time points (2016/7, 2018, 2020) and with parents of adolescent girls or other adults living in households with adolescent girls at endline (2020). Impact is presented—measured by results from difference-in-differences analysis—using baseline and endline surveys, comparing change in intervention areas to change in comparison areas.
Melnikas, Andrea J., Grace Saul, Michelle Chau, Neelanjana Pandey, James Mkandawire, Mouhamadou Gueye, Aissa Diarra, and Sajeda Amin. 2021. "More Than Brides Alliance: Endline evaluation report." New York: Population Council.
Testing Effective Approaches to End Child Marriage