Project profile — Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage


Save the Children Canada (22502)
2015-03-24 - 2017-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Nigeria (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to protect and empower girls and boys who are already married, separated or divorced in Nigeria. The project works with civil society organizations and networks and key government ministries to promote delaying marriage and the age of parenthood, as well as to strengthen the protection of child rights. Project activities include: (1) creating gender-sensitive, child-friendly spaces, including those specifically for girls, within selected schools and centers; (2) working with schools to improve equitable access and retention of children, especially for girls and boys who have missed their school for economic or social reasons; (3) working with primary health facilities to improve maternal, neonatal and child health services; (4) providing support for civil society organizations and forming coalitions to monitor the situation of child rights and encourage local action against violence, abuse and exploitation; and (5) organizing town hall meetings, roundtable discussions and leading advocacy to engage parents and community members, especially traditional and religious leaders, to delay early marriage and onset of first pregnancy, and to support girls abused within and outside marriage. Men and boys are involved in all spheres of community activities to empower them for better and informed decision making which supports gender equality.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) Girls and boys have increased and equitable capacity to protect themselves from CEFM and early parenthood, with the support of their families and communities; (2) Child protection systems (including policy, legislation and reporting mechanisms) at community and regional level are strengthened to prevent and address CEFM and early parenthood, and promote gender equality.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $645,416
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-10-2017 Disbursement $467,121
30-03-2018 Disbursement -$142,887
30-03-2018 Disbursement $142,887
30-03-2018 Disbursement $142,887
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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