Child marriage in Mali

Save the Children and Oxfam partnered with Walé, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Association SORO, and AGIR to implement the Marriage: No Child’s Play (MNCP) programme from 2016 – 2020. In MNCP, MTBA  adopted a holistic approach that is girl-centred and community-driven. The programme design was thematically integrated and creates opportunities and platforms for adolescents, particularly girls. You can read more about this on the How page of this website. 

Below are a few of the key achievements of MNCP in Mali: 


  • In Mali, the mean age at marriage increased from 15.9 to 16.8 years from baseline toendline. 

Informed decisions: 

  • The proportion of girls who knew that using a condom protects against HIV increased from 44.6% to 75.1%.
  • The proportion of girls reporting that their community has a youth-friendly healthcentreincreased from 8.5% to 60.4%.  

Alternative life paths: 

  • The proportion of girls reporting ever having attended school increased from 67.3% to 78.6%.
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