Ending Child Marriage in West Africa: Enhancing policy implementation and budgeting, Sierra Leone and Niger

This analysis was created to assess progress on policy implementation and funding for ending child marriage (ECM) in two West African countries, Niger and Sierra Leone following the High-Level Meeting on the Elimination of Child Marriage in 2017. Fieldwork for this research took place in Niger and Sierra Leone between January and August 2020.The focus for the budget analysis is centered around the budget cycles of three Ending Child Marriage-related sector ministries in each country: the ministry in charge of gender and child protection, the ministry of education, and the ministry of public health. The results of this analysis reaffirm the need for high-level decision-makers to create frameworks to generate change in order to end child marriage. 

Please also find two child-friendly versions of both reports available to download.

Published 2021-01-24