Budget scoping on programmes and interventions to end child marriages in Malawi

Child protection

Form 2 students smiles as they follow a lesson in class at Mdeka community secondary school in Blantyre rural
UNICEF Malawi/2019/Eldson Chagara


Tackling child marriage is not only a legal obligation, but it is also smart economics and a strategy for achieving Malawi’s vision for inclusive and sustainable development. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with approximately 42 per cent of girls married before the age of 18, and 9 per cent below the age of 15. This report assesses the size, composition and equity of public spending on programmes to ending child marriage by the Government of Malawi and its development partners between fiscal years (FYs) 2016-17 and 2018-19. The report also offers insights into allocative efficiency, equity and adequacy of public spending on programmes to prevent and respond to child marriage. Lastly, it provides baseline information on the scope and size of public budgets committed to implementing the National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage in Malawi.

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