In this second session of the CRANK's global convening, we focused on the value of working in partnerships at all levels. Speakers demonstrated how diverse and multistakeholder partnerships have strengthened child marriage policy and programme outcomes in different contexts. We showed how partnerships can strengthen research and the uptake of evidence for greater impact.
This session showed examples and reflections on:
- How partnerships have strengthened child marriage policy and programme outcomes.
- How working in partnerships can lead to greater impact.
- Best practice for strengthening work across multistakeholder partnerships.
- Gaps in partnership work.
- Child marriage research should be holistic and seek input from diverse perspectives. Child marriage is complex and responses to it need to be comprehensive. So, research design also needs to include multiple and diverse individual and institutional perspectives at every level, to ensure research answers questions that contribute to broader change.
- Research and knowledge management is a system, with inequitable relationships of power. To ensure research includes the perspectives of those most at risk and/or affected by child marriage, we need to understand and address these inequalities through an inclusive research process.
- To ensure evidence uptake, research needs to be relevant, useful and accessible. This means engaging key stakeholders, co-creating and sharing decision making throughout the research process. This can be done through partnerships with trusted grassroots actors and networks; enhancing researcher capacities in inclusive, feminist, participatory and intersectional methodologies; and enhancing potential research user capacities in how to access, interpret and use evidence.
- Macro-level actors need to be engaged in research design to drive change at scale. We need to engage national governments as partners, persuading them that evaluation is not a fault-finding process, but a means to enhance quality and impact.
- Research can help build local, regional and international partnerships and movements, with greater shared knowledge, skills and purpose. Regional platforms can help connect, coordinate and bring a regional perspective to research for greater impact.
Speakers and moderators included:
- Nankali Maksud, Coordinator, UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage
- Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
- Nerida Nthamburi, Head of Africa Engagement, Girls Not Brides
- Marta Gil, Deputy Head of Program Access to Justice, Terre des Hommes
- Usha Choudhary, Founder, Viklap Sansthan
- Dr Janna Metzler, Associate Director of Research, Women's Refugee Commission
- Manahil Siddiqi, Global Health Research Scientist, UNICEF-Innocenti, The Strategic Technical Assistance for Research (STAR) Initiative to End Harmful Practices
- Mr. Prasanna Ash, PME Specialist and OiC SPSP, UNICEF Bihar office
- Session recording (English)
- Enregistrement de la séance (français)
- Grabación de la sesión (español)
- Her Choice Alliance - A community-led approach to combat child marriage (PPTX, 59.3kB)
- Invisible Population YMG - Vikalp Sansthan (PPTX, 492.7kB)
- Grounded in their lives - Terre des Hommes (PPTX, 1.6MB)
- Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana (MKUY) - A governmentt UNICEF partnership (PPTX, 2.9MB)
- Co-creating a feminist vision to end child marriage - Research as a transformative process (PPTX, 2.7MB)
- Presentation on Evidence Uptake on behalf of the STAR Initiative - Manahil Siddiqi (PPTX, 9.1MB)