Addressing Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings

Technical guide from the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage

Yasmine, 16, is a Syrian refugee and a community trainer who regularly meets with her peers in the ages between 12 and 17 at a small tent in the corner of an informal settlement in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.


This technical guide sets out to identify a strategic approach for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners to prevent and respond to child marriage in humanitarian settings in different stages of crises.

The guide is laid out in three main sections. It starts by discussing the issue of child marriage in humanitarian settings, and increasing global attention on this issue,
including within UNFPA and UNICEF. The second section situates work on child marriage within the humanitarian programme cycle, describing how child marriage-specific actions can be incorporated into needs assessment, planning, resource mobilization, implementation and operational review stages. It then focuses on work on child marriage in the humanitarian cluster/sector architecture, identifying child marriage-specific actions that can be taken by the protection, education, health and other clusters/sectors. The guide is supplemented by a list of useful resources and tools.

Front page of the technical guide on child marriage in humanitarian settings