Meaghen Quinlan-Davidson, Health Officer and Consultant to The World Bank, spoke to members of the RCCH regarding studies of the impact of child marriages on country economies. Ms. Quinlan-Davidson outlined the studies' purpose, approach and tools used to quantify the effects of early (pre-adult) marriages practiced in select African and South Asian countries. The economic model and approach allows The World Bank to engage governments in policy discussions on alternative programs that can create incentives for communities to change their cultural practices. 
 
The World Bank has used this model to pilot a number of programs in countries such as Nigeria to demonstrate the economic tradeoffs of child marriages. These include lost income due to lower education and increased population effects. The Bank is encouraged by the programs' progress in highlighting behavior changes and looks to expand its model usage across Africa. 
 
Thank you to Meaghen and Quentin Wodon for sharing their insights and perspectives on this research and their linkages to Rotary's initiatives involving community development, education and healthcare.