Creating Supportive Environments to End Child Marriage

Reporting Organization:Plan International Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,000,000
Timeframe: March 27, 2015 - March 31, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Plan International Canada

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 1,500,000.00 (50.00%)

Zimbabwe - $ 1,500,000.00 (50.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (60 %)

Gender Equality (40 %)

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This project aims to empower girls at risk of child marriage by building their skills and assets so that they have the capabilities to determine their own futures, especially choices about if, when and who they marry. It empowers married girls in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to realize their full potential and become advocates and mentors for younger unmarried girls. In addition, it mobilizes communities to transform the attitudes and practices that drive child marriage, while taking actions to support girls’ rights, create opportunities and promote education and sexual and reproductive health. The project supports an enabling and protective environment to effectively respond to child marriage through implementation of laws, policies and local child protection systems. And finally, it builds a knowledge base on prevention and responses to child marriage to facilitate evidence informed programming and policy/institutional responses. The project reaches approximately 151,933 beneficiaries in the areas of Tsholotsho, Kwekwe and Mutoko in Zimbabwe and in the area of Nilphamari In Bangladesh. Project activities include: (1) supporting youth leaders/champions to campaign in schools and supporting older out-of-school girls (including married girls) through the creation of safe spaces for them, building their life skills and creating income generation opportunities for them through a mix of technical/vocational training and piloting savings and loans associations; (2) improving public awareness using different tools and methods involving men and boys as active agents of change regarding child early and forced marriage and gender equality promotion; (3) engaging religious and traditional leaders, various existing community committees (including school committees and child protection committees), marriage officials, health workers and law enforcement agencies to implement relevant laws and promote positive social norms/cultural norms against child marriage; and (4) enhancing the capacities of duty bearers at different levels for establishing and strengthening child protection mechanisms at community level towards a fully functional national child protection system.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) national and local level child protection systems address and respond to child marriages; (2) improved agency and resilience of girls to determine their own futures; and (3) communities in project areas take action to prevent child early and forced marriage.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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