The More Than Brides Alliance seeks to improve the lives of adolescent girls and includes activities across multiple domains (reproductive health, education, gender norms, and livelihoods, to name a few). The Population Council conducted baseline surveys of adolescents in select areas of two districts in Malawi as part of an evaluation of interventions to delay marriage. The goals of the baseline were to: 1) provide information about the current situation and context for adolescent girls in select areas in Malawi in order to inform the intervention; 2) provide a benchmark against which changes resulting from the intervention may be measured at the midline and endline periods; and 3) identify themes in need of further exploration through qualitative research. The study found significant differences between districts, and vulnerabilities emerged upon examining the data by education level and marital status. These findings suggest that girls in these communities have a demonstrated need for interventions to address these vulnerabilities. Findings from the baseline study will be used both to evaluate changes over time that may be attributable to the MTBA intervention and to inform programmatic staff seeking to understand the populations.
Kelly, Christine A., Andrea J. Melnikas, Sajeda Amin, James Mkandawire, and Hamza Daud. 2017. "More Than Brides Alliance: Baseline report, Malawi." New York: Population Council.
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