Making the Most of What We Know

Background of the Project: The ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ is a learning process both within and beyond More Than Brides Alliance that systematically combines research evidence with implementation experience on the topic of the links between female adolescent sexuality and child marriage in order to grow the knowledge base and enhance effectiveness of programming and implementation. During the project, we aim to collect project implementation experiences within the current MTBA program that focus on changing norms around girls’ marriageability and pre-martial pregnancy, a scan of interventions that aim to change sexuality and marriageability norms and in depth interviews with a selected number of implementation experts.

The implementation experiences gathered will be presented and discussed in relation to scientific evidence in national learning events in up to nine countries. Besides connecting implementation experience and scientific evidence, lessons learned from other learning trajectories in the project such as youth-led research and small grants learning & exchange fund can also be presented during these events. All lessons learned will come be brought together in an international learning meeting

Objective of the project: Sharing & learning about adolescent female sexuality and child marriage to enhance impact.

Scope: Learning within and beyond the alliance in MTBA focus countries Mali, Niger, Malawi, Pakistan & India and four additional countries, Bangladesh, Uganda, Nepal and Ethiopia.

Where we implement those projects: MMWWK basing in Addis Ababa is collating

  • knowledge’s from the girls by the youth led research component of MMWWK project in Kewet Wereda, Amhara region,
  • research evidences from all over the country done by population council,
  • implementation experiences from Child Marriage program implementing organization specifically those involved in Yes I Do and Her Choice Programs. These program intervention areas are Amhara, Oromia and South Region and
  • knowledge that sparks from learning exchange organized nationally and internationally.

Successes /Achievements: implementation experiences from selected Child Marriage program implementing organization and other relevant stakeholders was conducted which was insightful in collating practical knowledge of Child marriage and sexuality program practice in Ethiopia. Additionally practical knowledge has been gathered by conducting in depth interviews with selected Child Marriage program implementing organization.

Innovation: MMWWK to collate comprehensive knowledges of Child Marriage and sexuality linkage in Ethiopia and other countries designed innovative project components of gathering knowledge from the girls, pracitical knowledge targeting Child Marriage implementing organizations, collecting existing research evidence and knowledge that spark from exchanges. This approach is expected to contribute in improving child marriage program practice in Ethiopia, so that ending child marriage by 2030 (SDG 5.3) becomes a reality.