Learning vision More Than Brides
Although there is a good understanding of the diverse drivers of child marriage, the evidence and experience base on what works in these different situations is not as strong as we would like (and need!) it to be. Working towards gender equality and norms change therefore calls for participatory and gender transformative monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. The More Than Brides Alliance facilitates learning in the following ways:
- Enabling cross-country thematic and strategic learning.
- Building/capturing evidence for policy and social norms change advocacy and campaigning.
- Supporting mutual capacity-building to shift power and decision-making to the lowest operational level.
- Fostering innovation through social innovation labs: spaces where multiple actors can collaborate and co-create.
‘Making the Most of What We Know’ about child marriage & adolescent female sexuality
An example of learning initiated by the More Than Brides Alliance is our multi-country, multi-alliance learning initiative aimed at ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ of the links between child marriage and female adolescent sexuality. The learning outcomes of the project will lay a more solid base so that organizations can implement and advocate for interventions that are grounded in promising practice and empirical evidence. The ‘Making the Most of What we Know’ learning project (2019-2021) is a complementary project funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is implemented in up to nine countries starting in the MTBA focus countries India, Pakistan, Malawi, Niger and Mali followed by Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Uganda. The project consists of the following innovative learning elements:
- Collating evidence & practice: bringing together practical implementation experience and research evidence about child marriage & adolescent female sexuality in knowledge products.
- Youth-led knowledge generation: Capturing the perspectives of girls and young women themselves.
- Learning and Exchange Spark fund: flexible and participatory grant-making mechanism for cross-partner, cross-country and cross-alliance learning.
All lessons learned of the different components of the ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ learning project will be brought together in an international learning meeting scheduled for October 2020. Resources developed as part of this project will be published on the resources and research section of the More than Brides Alliance’s website.
Apply for the Learning Spark Fund
The Learning Spark Fund is a participatory grant mechanism designed to stimulate learning as broadly and creatively as possible on the theme of girl adolescent sexuality and child marriage.
Learning exchanges are spaces for knowledge sharing. They stimulate the flow of practical experience, perspectives and insights. Members of an exchange discuss what they know, exchange competencies and even tackle sticky problems or issues together. The exchange of context specific experiences and actor specific perspectives are the foundation for collectively exploring and coming up with strategies for improving intervention design and implementation.
A maximum of Euro 170,000 in grants will be awarded in 2020. The grant is expected to be published in May 2020 and contains three windows. The Learning Spark Fund operates in the nine focus countries of the Making the Most of What we Know project: India, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Uganda.
Any individual, group or organization with inspiring experience or insights on sexuality and child marriage is welcomed to pitch an idea or participate in the learning exchanges. This can include but is not limited to members of the three Dutch funded child marriage alliances, those involved in the Girls not Brides network as well as the UNICEF – UNFPA global program. NGO/CBOs working at local level, government staff, researchers, advisors, adolescent girl group representatives etc. are encouraged to participate. Inter and intra Alliance sharing, multi country exchanges and bringing together people with diverse perspectives is welcomed and encouraged.
For contracting purposes, each exchange must include an organization (host – responsible for administration) that is connected to one of the three Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded Child marriage alliances: MTBA – Save the Children, Oxfam Novib, Population Council, Simavi; Her Choice – Stichting Kinderpostzegels, ICDI, The Hunger Project, UVA and; Yes, I do – Plan International, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Rutgers, Amref Flying Doctors, KIT Royal Tropical Institute.
How to Apply
More information about the learning & exchange grant-fund application process can be found in this brief. Ideas and proposals for learning & exchange will be generated via an online platform. Once ready the link to the online idea generation and application platform will be published on this website.
Resources & Research
From the inception of the More Than Brides Alliance in 2015 the alliance has developed several project resources, conducted qualitative and quantitative research and developed learning products.
For the most recent & complete overview, please visit the More Than Brides website.
The project resources help to inform, review and adapt the Theory of Change of the ‘More than Brides Alliance’ and can serve as inspiration for other child marriage and SRHR initiatives. Resources include our baseline reports, mid-line reports and (in future) end-line reports.
In order to gain in depth understanding about drivers of child marriage different qualitative and quantitative research was conducted. Researches resulted in the following reports and research briefs:
- India: research brief
- India: association between CSE & SRH knowledge
- Pakistan: research report
- Niger & Mali: research brief
- Malawi: research brief
- Malawi: qualitative findings
- Social norms change infographic
Focus on Sexuality
All lessons learned of the different components of the ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ learning project will be brought together in an international learning meeting scheduled for October 2020. The learning briefs produced from the ‘Making the Most of What We Know’ project will be published on this website. Further thematic resources will follow towards the end of 2020.
Working towards gender equality and norms change calls for participatory and gender transformative learning. Lessons learned from implementing our innovative learning strategies, such as collating scientific evidence with implementation experience, youth-led research, and the learning spark fund will be published in this section.