Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
Population group
Children, Women

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Prevent child marriage and to support the needs of married adolescent girls;

1. Change perceptions on the acceptability of Child Marriage and mobilize communities to delay marriage by raising awareness of adolescent girls’ rights, the laws in place to protect them, the negative consequences of Child Marriage, and the importance of educating girls

2. Empower adolescent girls to make informed life choices through education, vocational and life skills training, and peer support networks

3. Map and document the status of adolescent girls in Afghanistan

Programme components
Arm 1: Changing perceptions and raising awareness a) Training of facilitators on facilitation skills, methods and issues related to end Child Marriage; b) Workshops and FGDs at district level to identify specific barriers and bottlenecks and agree on key messages for Ending Child Marriage in 20 districts: 20 workshops in the start of the programme with key leaders; c) Community Dialogue in 50 villages per district for developing Shura plans of action on ECM: 20x 50 villages in each district across 4 times a year; d) Communication and Information material development: leaflets, picture stories and other material for advocacy and information sharing at community level: over 3 years in 20 districts Arm 2: Empower girls through education and training (selected districts) a) 32,000 adolescent girls provided with cash grants; b) Establish 5 safe spaces for adolescent girls and promote close mobile based networks using Rapidpro technologies for peer discussions related to issues affecting them; c) Conduct lifeskills education sessions for adolescent girls 10 sessions per district each year; d) Conduct vocational education sessions for adolescent girls - 2 sessions per district each year
200,000 adolescent girls; 150,000 adolescent boys; 102,000 religious leaders, teachers and parents in 1000 villages in 20 districts
[2] own correspondence

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Geographical Targeting
Targeted areas
Herat (Herat, Enjil, Karrukh, Zendajan), Ghor (Chighcheran, Dwalatyar, Lal was sarjangal, Tulak), Farah (Farah, Qala-e-Kah, Shib koh, Anar Dara), Samangan (Feroz Nakhcheer, Roi-do-ab, Dara-i-soof-i-payan, Dara-i-soof-i-bala), Nangarhar (Jalalabad, Surkh rud, Kama, Darah-i-noor)
Target groups
Women and Children. Girls particularly at risk for child marriage (in provinces with high rates and districts with existing infrastructure)
Eligibility criteria
The cash component will be implemented in Ghor and Herat where 300 villages with active secondary schools for girls and Accelerated Learning Centres for out-of-school children will be randomly selected. Of the 300 eligible villages 200 will be randomly assigned to participate in social mobilization activities with half of them receiving cash grants. Overall, there will be two treatment groups: 1. 100 villages with cash grants and social mobilization activities 2. 100 villages with social mobilization activities only The remaining 100 villages will constitute the control group.

Coverage and other information

Payment/delivery frequency
Cash grants will be distributed among the target population multiple times before and during the school enrolment on an annual basis for three consecutive years.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Pay points and other options
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Impact evaluation through RCT
Legal Framework
Amon others: ‘The National Education Strategic Plan III (NESP III 2017-2021)