Growing recognition of the harmful effects of child marriage has placed its elimination on the global and national agenda. To address this problem, through the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center, the Population Council reviewed the global state of evidence on what works to prevent child marriage. The research focuses exclusively on rigorously evaluated interventions—randomized controlled trial (RCT), quasi-experimental study, or a natural experiment—and incorporates new results not included in previous reviews. This research brief reports on the study’s findings about types of child-marriage interventions and approaches used, assesses what works best (and what does not work) to reduce child marriage, investigates the impact of interventions on other aspects of girls’ well-being, and reports the costs of implementing these interventions. The findings suggest that interventions incorporating an empowerment approach, either as the sole approach or in conjunction with another approach, demonstrated the greatest success in reducing child marriage.
Chae, Sophia and Thoai Ngo. 2017. "The global state of evidence on interventions to prevent child marriage," GIRL Center Research Brief no. 1. New York: Population Council.