Implications of early marriages on development outcomes in Uganda

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This Brief analyses the implications of early marriages on development outcomes such as population, fertility and education completion of women in Uganda. Findings from this Study indicate that early marriages drive Uganda’s population and total fertility rate (TFR) estimates upward, with an Early Marriage scenario increasing TFR to about 5.1 live births per woman. This eventually leads to an addition of 1.5 million people by 2030, and further to 15 million by 2060. On the other hand, the Study indicates that a late marriage scenario can suppress population growth and reduce the TFR to about 3.3 live births by 2030; with improved benefits such as reduction in crude birth rates, household size as well as larger demographic dividends. April 2023, EPRC,