Drivers and Consequences of Child Marriage Survey underway
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Posted: Tuesday July 21, 2015 10:51 AM BT

REPOA has trained a team of enumerators for a research project titled “National Survey on the Drivers and Consequences of Child Marriage in Tanzania.” and have sent them to the field to collect data through a survey questionnaire, in-depth interviews and Focus group discussions.

Enumerators have been equipped with new tablets which will be used for data entry and make the process easier.
Enumerators trying the gadgets at the training session

REPOA is doing this research project in collaboration with Child Dignity Forum (CDF), Plan International and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The study explores the extent, causes, perception, knowledge, attitudes and practice of child marriage in Tanzania. The study will analyze the drivers and consequences of child marriages, across the regions in mainland Tanzania in ten regions representing high, medium and low prevalence rates (Shinyanga, Tabora, Dodoma, Mara, Manyara, Lindi, Mtwara, Coast Region, Dar es Salaam and Iringa). The study will also compare factors for high and low prevalence rates on child marriages on selected regions and provide practical context-specific solutions to the problem in Tanzania. The study will thus involve collection of data and interviews among ordinary citizens (men and women, boys and girls) and various stakeholders in the government, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

On Tuesday May 5, 2015, REPOA and its partners for the Child Marriage Study, CDF, UNFPA and Plan International survey convened a stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the research design for the study National Survey on child marriage in Tanzania. The participants gave feedback regarding the content and scope of the research as well as the research methods.  Workshop comments and inputs were incorporated and tools were revised prior to sending enumerators to the field.  Inception workshop participants included government officials, academicians, NGO representatives from key gender and children rights NGOs such as TAWLA, TAMWA, LHRC, representatives from UN agencies and other development partners such as UN Women.

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