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 regions in Mali (Sikasso and Segou) as part of an evaluation of interventions to delay marriage. Findings suggest that girls in these communities have a demonstrated need for interventions to address their vulnerabilities. Additional data collection will help explore some of these topics in greater depth and provide a more nuanced understanding of the situation of adolescent girls in these communities. 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 they are serving.
Melnikas, Andrea J., Sajeda Amin, Sarah Engebretsen, and Mouhamadou Gueye. 2017. "More Than Brides Alliance: Baseline report, Mali." New York: Population Council.
Testing Effective Approaches to End Child Marriage