Yes I Do Alliance: Midterm Review 2016 to June 2018


Francine Egberts, Monique Demenint

Despite a decline in child marriage (CM) in the last decade, an estimated 12 million girls under 18 are married each year. To end the practice by 2030 — the target set out in the Sustainable Development Goals — progress must be significantly accelerated. The Yes I Do Alliance (YIDA), comprising Plan International Netherlands(lead organization), Amref Flying Doctors, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and Rutgers works on ending CM, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and teenage pregnancy (TP).

It does this by addressing the underlying drivers: social norms, gender inequality and lack of opportunities. The long-term goal that the Yes I Do programme is working towards is a world in which all adolescent girls and boys enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and achieve their full potential, free from all forms of CM, FGM/C and TP. The programme is implemented in seven countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Pakistan and Indonesia and funded under the 2016–2020 SRHR Partnership Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.