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Our strategy for 2017-2020

Our strategy identifies six areas where we believe collective action will be crucial to make progress towards ending child marriage. It is a roadmap for how the Girls Not Brides Partnership will work together from 2017 to 2020.

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We will be more effective by working together than by working alone.


Goal A: Governments

Governments take action to address child marriage in their countries, with the active participation of civil society and other stakeholders.

What we want to see

  1. Governments take action to address child marriage.
  2. All relevant ministries take action to address child marriage.
  3. Civil society organisations are key partners to government efforts.

How we will make it happen

Members will work together at the national level to advocate for effective responses; demand accountability; share lessons-learned, evidence and data; and, as appropriate, implement national strategies and programmes that complement government efforts. The Partnership will also mobilise and engage the international community to support nation-level action.

Example

National Partnerships and Members in Chad, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, and Zimbabwe, as well as UN agencies and governments, are using the Girls Not Brides Checklist for National Strategies to End Child Marriage to develop their national responses to end child marriage.

Goal B: Global

The global community champions and supports efforts to address child marriage.

What we want to see

  1. International and regional actors support implementation of commitments.
  2. Related sectors take action to address child marriage.
  3. The global community recognises child marriage as a priority issue.

How we will make it happen

By coordinating collective positions and actions to call on international and regional mechanisms to hold all relevant actors accountable for the implementation of their commitments. Together, we will integrate approaches that address child marriage into other development and human rights initiatives. Working with champions and the media, we will keep ending child marriage on the global agenda.

Example

Three Girls Not Brides members sit on the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Reference Group of the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa. Girls Not Brides supports them to ensure the meaningful engagement of CSOs in the campaign both at a regional and national level.

Goal C: Communities

Efforts to engage communities, families and girls are supported and highlighted.

What we want to see

  1. Community-level efforts are supported.
  2. Community-based organisations have increased capacity.
  3. Community voices are valued.

How we will make it happen

By encouraging community-based actors, and removing obstacles to their work. We will amplify the voices of community-based organisations with decision-makers, support and develop their capacity, and enable them to share data, evidence and lessons-learned.

Example

Following the publication on the Girls Not Brides website of the story of Hilário Vilanculos, a local chief in Mozambique working to end child marriage, he was invited by the University of Pretoria to attend a national debate in South Africa. Moreover, the University invited five more organisations from the Girls Not Brides Mozambique National Partnership.

Goal D: Funding

More sustainable funding is available from a diverse range of sources, particularly for community-based organisations.

What we want to see

  1. Existing and new donors increase their funding.
  2. Civil society can access funding.
  3. Governments of high-prevalence countries allocate funding.

How we will make it happen

The secretariat will connect members to funding opportunities and advocate globally for new and increased funding, all members can also help to educate donors. In countries around the world, members will play a critical role in ensuring that government budgets include a focus on addressing child marriage and that funding filters down to the local level.

Example

The Girls Not Brides newsletter and fundraising guides are helping members and National Partnerships access funding from a variety of donors. Sign-up to our newsletters and visit our resource centre for funding resources.

Goal E: Learning

Efforts to end child marriage are based on evidence.

What we want to see

  1. New data and evidence are generated and inform decision-making.
  2. The collective expertise of civil society drives the global discourse.

How we will make it happen

By sharing new and existing research, evidence and promising approaches, and by learning directly from one another. With the deep collective expertise of members working on ending child marriage, the Partnership will act as a thought-leader on the issue, developing materials to shape the global discourse and influence decision-making.

Example

Members are using the Girls Not Brides Theory of Change to shape their individual and collective work, and are sharing case studies of their end child marriage programmes to illustrate the Theory of Change in action.

Goal F: Partnerships

The Partnership continues to collaborate, diversify, and strengthen.

What we want to see

  1. Girls Not Brides members have greater impact by working together.
  2. Girls Not Brides members have increased capacity.
  3. There is increased diversity in the Partnership.
  4. Girls Not Brides is inclusive and reflects the voices of those most affected.

How we will make it happen

Members, National Partnerships, working groups and the secretariat will continue to advocate for change, and share knowledge and information about developments at the national, regional and international levels. We will spread the word about ending child marriage and about the Partnership to reach those who are not yet addressing the issue.

Example

Girls Not Brides’ youth activists and youth-led members are coming together in an online youth group to coordinate action, forge connections and deliver a unified message.