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2020 Progress in Development Studies: best article award winner

Girls supported to stay in school to prevent child marriage, Ethiopia. Photo: Jessica Lea/DfID

In 2020, Progress in Development Studies (PIDS) published 15 main articles. Congratulations go to Nicola Jones, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Guday Kassahun and Meti Kubedi. Their article “Constrained choices: exploring the complexities of adolescent girls’ voice and agency in child marriage decisions in Ethiopia” was voted as the best published in the journal in 2020 by the PIDS editorial team. The authors will receive a cash prize of US$200. Their article appeared in the Special Issue on early marriage (20.4), entitled “Governing choice and child marriage: young women, marriage and development aid programmes” guest edited by Esther Miedema, Winny Koster and Nicky Pouw.

Congratulations also go to the following authors who were close runners up for the award, and incidentally also contributors to this Special Issue:

  • Hoko Horii “Child Marriage as a ‘Solution’ to Modern Youth in Bali”
  • Esther Miedema, Winny Koster, Nicky Pouw, Phillipe Meyer and Albena Sotirova “The Struggle for Public Recognition: Understanding Early Marriage through the Lens of Honour and Shame in Six Countries in South Asia and West Africa”.
  • An Van Raemdonck and Marina de Regt “Early Marriage in Perspective: Practicing an Ethics of Dialogue with Syrian Refugees in Jordan”.
  • Grace Saul, Aïssa Diarra, Andrea Melnikas and Sajeda Amin “Voice Without Choice? Investigating Adolescent Girls’ Agency in Marital Decision-making in Niger”.