Global Programme to End Child Marriage

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Key Information

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage has been implemented since 2016 across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia in 12 of the highest-prevalence and/or high-burden countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

The programme has surpassed most of its output targets, reaching more than 7.9 million girls and 14 million community members in the 12 countries with interventions designed to end child marriage continuously extending its reach to larger populations of adolescent girls, men and boys and community members.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia

Government Affiliation



2016 -


In the 12 focus countries, the Global Programme works with governments at both national and subnational levels, regional bodies engaged in relevant initiatives, academic institutions, international and national non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, religious communities, faithbased organizations, the private sector and the media.

Ministry Affiliation



Governments of Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and UK, and the European Union

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality

Cross-cutting areas

  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Masculinities/boys

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


10 - 19

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services

Social/gender norms change

  • Work with community leaders

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)