Every year 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
We want to see a world in which girls can choose if, when, and whom to marry. A world in which girls and women enjoy equality with boys and men, and are empowered to reach their full potential.
There is no single solution to end child marriage, but there are a number of steps that can lead to a better future for girls.
Our Theory of Change shows the range of approaches needed to address child marriage, and the role everyone has to play to end the harmful practice. In it, we stress the importance of long-term, sustainable interventions that are coordinated, well-resourced and the result of shared learning.
The purpose of our Theory of Change
Inform and inspire more work to end child marriage. Our Theory of Change provides a guide, whether you are addressing the issue already and wish to develop your work further, or are new to it and considering how your work can contribute.
Facilitate partnership and collaboration among all those who have a role to play – from the grassroots to government, local to international, civil society to donors.
Serve as a foundation to build consensus about actions needed to address child marriage and support married girls.
How to use our Theory of Change
You can use this tool to:
- Support your advocacy efforts
- Inform your programmes
- Demonstrate the impact of your work and mobilise resources
- Identify and foster new partnerships
- Inform national frameworks or strategies to end child marriage
A wide range of programmes invest in girls, their agency and participation and their well-being. Girls “own” their rights.
Mobilise families and communities
Families, communities and young people are engaged to change attitudes and behaviours related to child marriage
Services across sectors reinforce one another and are tailored to the specific needs of girls at risk of child marriage and married girls
Establish and implement laws and policies
A robust legal and policy framework for preventing child marriage and supporting married girls is in place and effectively enforced
- Theory of Change on Child Marriage (PDF, 489.7kB)
Theory of Change
A three-step guide to developing a collective Theory of Change
This step-by-step guide will provide you with clear steps for how to develop a simple, accessible Theory of Change.
Theory of Change user guide
This user guide outlines ways in which organisations can use the global Theory of Change on child marriage.
Useful resources on social norms and child marriage
A resource with a number of new global initiatives aim to better understand and overcome harmful social and gender norms.
Applying theory to practice: CARE's journey piloting social norms measures for gender programming
This report takes a look at how a deeper understanding of social norms can lead to more effective strategies to transform entrenched gender norms and behaviours.