The overall goals of the More Than Brides Alliance are:
o Empower at risk and already married adolescents with life skills, comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health and rights information.
o Provide alternatives to child marriage and mitigate the impact on married girls through enhancing access to education, economic opportunities, and child protection systems
o Increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people
o Change /challenge social norms, including harmful customs, traditions, norms, and practices
o Influence legal and policy frameworks
The Population Council is evaluating interventions in 4 countries: India, Malawi, Mali and Niger. In India and Malawi, we are using a cluster randomized design to assign locations as either intervention or comparison. In Mali and Niger, due to the design of the intervention, we are matching intervention and comparison areas to assess program impact. In each of the four countries we are conducting baseline, midline and endline surveys with females 12-19 (approximately 5,000 in total; sample sizes vary by country) as well as qualitative data collection to 1) assess program impact; 2) better understand the context in which early marriage occurs, and the process of early marriage; and 3) examine other factors that may influence early marriage in particular settings (e.g., migration in West Africa).