Baseline study to estimate the number of child marriages in South Asia 2014-2017
A summary report
In the face of urgent demand for an up-to-date baseline for child marriage programming and in the absence of reliable annual data on child marriage, this study attempted to develop a methodology that can provide an interim solution to the problem of child marriage measurement. The study was able to reconstruct a baseline for the ROSA ROMP period and was able to suggest a more suitable target for the headline result.
The study concluded that in 2014, 5,386,445 children (4,733,070 girls and 653,375 boys) were in marriage. It also concluded that if the pattern continues and programmes are active over 2014 - 2017 period, 416,300 child marriage among girls will be averted.