- Together, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and CIFF will invest $4.2 million over three years to fund the most extensive data modeling ever undertaken, establishing the economic consequences of child marriage and the economic case for putting a stop to child marriage.
- This unique program will be jointly led by the International Center for Research on Women and the World Bank.
- Key components of the investment are:
- Create a conceptual framework of the pathways through which early marriage affects economic outcomes that will be validated by an expert technical reference group.
- Using these pathways, conduct empirical analysis of a wide range of existing datasets.
- Partner with Governments in three high-burden countries to carry out new data collection and in-depth country studies.
- Operationalize the findings through strategic dissemination and advocacy.
- Findings will be generated throughout the investment period with a program information website and data-hub set-up in 2015 to support dissemination and cost-simulation.
- The analysis of existing datasets will lead to a range of county, regional, and global estimates of the impact and cost of child marriage together with policy recommendations.
- New data collection and in-depth case studies for three countries will help validate these findings.
- A range of capacity building and dissemination events will be undertaken to maximize accessibility for policy-makers, programmers and advocates.
Establishing the economic cost of child marriage will strengthen the case for new, large scale programs to prevent child marriage. Cost estimates will serve as a strategic asset, helping to catalyze greater attention and resources as progress accelerates.