CRANK Research Tracker

The CRANK’s Research Tracker is a curated resource with details of ongoing and upcoming research by CRANK members. Use it to avoid duplicating research, and to identify priority research areas.

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Education and life skills: focus on increasing girls’ enrolment, retention and completion of quality education and transition to work, increasing the perceived value of girls’ education. Delivered through schools or associated programmes. E.g. cash and in-kind transfers for education, targeted and tailored life skills for girls, capacity enhancement for teachers.

Gender and social norms: focus on engaging with individuals, families, communities and institutions to challenge discriminatory norms and promote gender equality, including around girls’ sexuality, economic roles and safety. E.g. discussion groups, community dialogues, male engagement, media and communication interventions.

Girl-focused approaches: focus on girls’ skills development, confidence building and support structures; promoting their rights, wellbeing and gender equality; and increasing alternatives to marriage. This may be through, access to education, health care, economic opportunities and decision-making. E.g. safe spaces, life skills sessions, savings start-ups.

Health - maternal and child, public health crises and broader health: focus on broader health to address maternal/child health, public health crises. E.g. COVID-19, Ebola.

Health - mental health and psychosocial support: focus on addressing mental health conditions related with child marriage. Mental health is an individual’s ability to cope and state of wellbeing in which they can build relationships and realise their own aspirations.

Health - sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): focus on safe and healthy sexual behaviour, and access to services. E.g. comprehensive sexuality education, health and information services around prevention of unintended pregnancy, gender based violence, female genital mutilation / cutting and access to contraception.

Income and economic strengthening: focus on alleviating poverty and contributing to inclusive economic growth. E.g. cash transfers and economic incentives (to delay marriage and keep girls in school), social assistance, vocational training, favourable job markets.

Laws and policies: focus on reforms to establish girls’ and women’s rights, including through setting the minimum age of marriage at 18 years and ensuring access to justice. E.g. Legal support and advocacy, establishing gender-transformative family, property and inheritance laws, strengthening birth and marriage registration, ensuring access to child protection, education, sexual and reproductive rights and protection from gender-based violence.

Systems strengthening: focus on improving the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of policies and services. Promoting cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination – including in health, education and social protection – to improve outcomes and impact for girls and women. E.g. capacity enhancement, policy and regulatory reforms, service delivery.

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‘There should be some freedom in our lives’: Exploring adolescent girls’ experiences of child marriage.

Each year, 12 million girls marry before they become adults. Despite progress on reducing rates of child marriage, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that one-fifth of the world’s…

  • Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon

“‘They Say it was Her Fault… This is Not True!’ Using Vignettes With Adolescent Girls to Collectively Address Norms About Sexual Violence.”

This article discusses the piloting of vignette research tools within focus group discussions involving 34 adolescent girls aged 15–19 in Rwanda. The purpose of the research was to elucidate norms…

  • Rwanda

‘Preparing parents, protecting girls: The role of parenting education courses in preventing violence against girls’.

Every day, girls across Ethiopia experience violence. They are at high risk of being hit and insulted by their parents, teachers, siblings, peers, and romantic partners. Many undergo Female Genital…

  • Ethiopia

Exploring the patterning and drivers of FGM/C and child marriage in pastoralist Ethiopia: Baseline report from Afar and Somali regions

Ethiopia has made rapid progress in tackling child marriage and FGM/C over the past 20 years (UNICEF, 2020). Despite this, it is still one of the top five countries globally…

  • Ethiopia

‘Fast-tracking progress towards eliminating FGM/C and child marriage in pastoralist Ethiopia: priorities for policy and programming.’

Child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) have far-reaching consequences throughout the life course and across generations. As such, tackling these harmful practices has increasingly become a development priority, but…

  • Ethiopia

Toolkit on FGM and child marriage.

This tool kit was developed with two purposes in mind. First, it aims to address the evidence lacunae surrounding girls and young women living in Afar and Somali. It carefully…

  • Ethiopia

‘Do Gender-Based Pathways Influence Mental Health? Examining the Linkages Between Early Child Marriage, Intimate Partner Violence, and Psychological Well-being among Young Ethiopian Women (18–24 years Old)’

Limited emphasis is placed on understanding the gendered pathways that influence mental health, especially long-term cumulative impacts of gender-based inequalities. Exposure to early child marriage (marriage by age 15) may…

  • Ethiopia

‘Intersecting Disadvantages for Married Adolescents: Life After Marriage Pre- and Post-COVID-19 in Contexts of Displacement.’

Although there is a growing evidence base on the drivers of child marriage, comparatively little is known about the experiences of married girls in refugee settings and how their development…

  • Bangladesh, Jordan

‘Young Leaders’ Experiences and Recommendations to Strategically Tackle Child, Early, and Forced Marriage,’

Tackling the drivers and outcomes of child marriage requires the voices of young activists and researchers as we are able to bring a fresh perspective to understanding the pressures that…

‘”I Just Keep Quiet”: Addressing the Challenges of Married Rohingya Girls and Creating Opportunities for Change.’

Child marriage among Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, is driven by economic strain and deep-seated gender norms. Mounting evidence shows the harmful effects of child marriage, and SDG…

  • Bangladesh

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