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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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

The risk of hypertension among child brides and adolescent mothers at age 20 s, 30 s, and 40 s: Evidence from India

The health consequences of these issues have been primarily studied in the context of reproductive health. There is a dearth of evidence on the long-term health outcomes associated with these…

  • India

Our Voices, Our Future: Understanding risks and adaptive capacities to prevent and respond to child marriage in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

This study, undertaken by Plan International and the Women’s Refugee Commission, and implemented in-country by Transforming Fragilities, sought to understand the risks, drivers, and consequences of child marriage among adolescent…

  • Philippines

Our Voices, Our Future Understanding child marriage in food-insecure communities in Chiredzi District, Zimbabwe

This study is part of Plan International’s Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings Initiative, which began in 2019. It is a phased approach to deliver evidence-based and practice informed programming to…

  • Zimbabwe

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

Building power together: A girl-led research project

All around the world, adolescent girls living in poverty face unequal power dynamics that affect their everyday lives. This impacts their capacity to get the support they need, and to…

  • Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia

Leave No One Behind Study

The Leave No One Behind (LNOB) study focuses on understanding the lives of female youth, aged 14-23, displaced by conflict. We use a longitudinal qualitative design to understand the wide…

  • Iraq, South Sudan

Girls’ sexuality and child, early, and forced marriages and unions: A conceptual framework

This conceptual framework is intended to support advocacy and more coherent and effective programming to prevent child marriage and advance adolescent girls’ rights and agency. It sets out in visual…

Learning Brief #6: Centering Women's Leadership to Combat VAWG and CEFM

Oxfam's Creating Spaces To Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls (CS) project (2016-2021) aims to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG), including the prevalence of child, early…

  • Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines

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