Tipping Point advocacy efforts are geared towards using learning, documentation and analysis to build evidence for advocacy against early marriage and to support momentum for action and change in Bangladesh, Nepal and more broadly. Recognizing that practices such as early marriage that are rooted in social norms will not be solved solely through legal or policy means, the project’s advocacy extends beyond a focus on formal policies (e.g. minimum age of marriage laws) to include efforts to influence and transform social and structural drivers of early marriage.
It’s July, 2014. What Has Tipping Point Learned So Far?
Child Grooms: Several communities in our working areas of Nepal arrange and celebrate marriages between children aged as young as 4. Brides and grooms might not see each other again until they near puberty, when they are expected to begin marital life. Boys, too, are denied the choice of if, when, and who to marry. In coming months, we will explore the impact on boys.
The Tipping Point project is using a Developmental Evaluation (DE) approach to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) which leads to innovation through a focus on documentation, reflection, and learning so that we can refine strategies at every step of the way. Many people naturally experiment, by trying out new ways of doing something, and then changing what they are doing based on feedback loops and changing needs and demands. However, traditional monitoring and evaluation systems do not usually value or support this experimentation.
Siddartha Samuyadayik Samaj (SSS) works with CARE in Nepal to end child marriage, covering communities in the Rupandehi district. Founded in 2003 years ago, SSS’s vision is a fair and equitable society, and their mission is to create social and economic and health empowerment for women to change their status in society. With 9 board members (all women) and 110 members, 105 of whom are women, SSS currently has programming in 30 VDCs, with partnerships with CARE, World Vision, the United Mission for Nepal, and numerous local and national federations.
Assistance for Slum Dwellers (ASD) is a Bangladeshi non-profit and non-governmental organization, dedicated to the cause of distressed humanity. Since its inception in 1988, ASD has worked to ensure poor peoples’ participation in the development process. ASD's focus is to ensure that poor people have support and participation in processes so that they can change their own lives. Its mission is to encourage the poor to create solidarity, build skills, link to resources, improve their bargaining position, and have income earning opportunities.
Jaintia Shinnomul Songstha (JASHIS) is a non-profit and non-government organization based in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. JASHIS conducts most of its work through a participatory approach that considers everyone’s perspective. JASHIS values providing everyone with an opportunity to participate in the planning process, as well as have a role in decision making. JASHIS has gathered knowledge and skill through extensive training on PRA tools. As a result, the team applies their learning during all stages of project implementation.