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.

Find out more about intervention approaches / research themes

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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Their time is now: Eliminating child, early and forced marriage in Asia. Integral technical report

Plan International undertook extensive research on the prevalence of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand,…

  • Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Thailand, China, Myanmar

New Findings on Child Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) conducted research in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia to contribute to greater understanding of the drivers of child marriage in each of…

  • Malawi, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia

Has child marriage declined in sub‐Saharan Africa? An analysis of trends in 31 countries

The study used data from Demographic and Health Surveys in 31 countries to measure trends in child marriage over time. Age at marriage is rising throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The singulate…

Grassroots experience of using the Child Marriage Act, 2006

Based on case studies submitted by 25 organisations, this report aims to comprehend the grassroots experience of what “using the law” means for girls in a position of vulnerability for…

  • India

Girl Shine Early Marriage Curriculum for Adolescent Girls

The Early Marriage Curriculum is comprising of content for 16 sessions for girls who are already married (divorced, widowed, or young mothers) and separate content for girls at risk of…

  • Uganda, Lebanon

The threat to female adolescent development from COVID-19

We are investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the practice of female early marriage in rural Bangladesh by monitoring trends in marriage outcomes. Longitudinal data spanning pre- and…

Why girls run away to marry: Adolescent realities and socio-legal responses in India

Based on stories of girls from three cities, this study introduces the issue of self-arranged marriages into the debate on child and early marriage in India. It provides qualitative insights…

  • India

How Cash Transfers can contribute to ending child marriage

Child marriage is rooted in gendered social norms and unequal relationships between women and men. It is made worse by poverty, low levels of education, and social and economic insecurity.…

The impact of COVID-19 on adolescent girls in West Africa and promising practices to improve access to quality education for girls at risk of marriage

This is a desk study looking into the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent girls in Francophone West Africa, as well as a compilation of promising practices to improve access to…

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