Though child marriage is declining globally, it is estimated that over 100 million girls under age 18 will be married in the next decade. A 2012 review of child marriage interventions in developing countries found that the most effective approaches in delaying child marriage were those that offered incentives, such as conditional cash transfers or provision of school materials, and those that empower girls directly through interventions such as girls’ groups and training. The Berhane Hewan program in Ethiopia (meaning ‘Light for Eve’ in Amharic) was one of the earliest to test child marriage prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. The program, a partnership between the Ethiopian government and the Population Council, was designed to prevent child marriage and support already-married girls. The initial design of the intervention, which ran from 2004–06, included four components outlined in this brief. Berhane Hewan demonstrates how studies can build upon themselves to generate improved and contextually appropriate evidence that answers questions of key programmatic and policy importance.
"Using data to target and scale-up girls’ support programs and child marriage prevention," Policy brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, The Evidence Project, 2017.
The Evidence Project