29 November 2023


Child marriage is a human rights violation that disproportionately affects women and girls (UN HRC 2015). Despite substantial progress regarding legislation and policy changes and a significant decline in child marriage between 2005 and 2016, the prevalence of child marriage in Ethiopia remains high. To combat child marriage and its multiple causes, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ethiopia has been implementing the United Nations Global End Child Marriage (ECM) Programme since 2016. Moreover, UNICEF Ethiopia selected the ‘End Child Marriage’ as one of its four Flagship Result Programmes for the 2020-2025 period, in the spirit of strengthening collaboration between programmes to accelerate results for children. The ECM Flagship Result Programme aims to contribute to the implementation of the government’s National Costed Roadmap to End Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (2020-2024) and to accelerate the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5.3. The ECM Flagship aims to contribute to a society free of child marriage, where girls use their potential, enjoy their rights, and thrive in life by 2025. To achieve its goals, the ECM Flagship is comprised of UNICEF programme components in different areas, including child protection, education, water sanitation and hygiene, social and behaviour change, health, nutrition, emergency social protection, and communication. The ECM Flagship is mainly implemented by different governmental actors with complementary activities from non-governmental actors, and coordination from different UNICEF sections as part of country programmes, which represent the implementation structure of the ECM Flagship. This evaluation analyses the ECM Flagship Result Programme and assesses what has been done to end child marriage within its framework and how the ECM Flagship can accelerate progress towards ending child marriage.