Camfed International

Camfed International

Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 362 648
Address: St Giles Court, 24 Castle Street, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0AJ
Country: United Kingdom
Website: http://www.camfed.org
Membership type:Charity <100 staff (£50+VAT pa)

Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programmes have directly supported more than 2.6 million children to go to school at more than 5,700 partner schools in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. 

Local Activists Dismantling Barriers to Education

What makes Camfed different, and helps us succeed in the most marginalised, underserved communities, is the recognition that girls, young women and their communities are the true experts when it comes to identifying and dismantling the barriers to girls’ education and learning. So unlike any other non-profit organisation, Camfed brings together grassroots, government and civil society representatives with the knowledge and authority to address education issues spanning across individual, school, district and national level.

Parents, teachers, school leavers, traditional leaders, social workers, police and government education officers make up a formidable network of  frontline activists who collaborate to ensure that money is directed where it is most needed. Their constant monitoring means that assistance packages can be tailored to address not only the financial, but also the psychological and social barriers faced by each individual girl when it comes to accessing and completing an education.

Unlocking rich potential in poor communities to deliver change

We need global action on girls’ education  - and here's what works

It’s Global Action Week on Education, and today’s letter from the UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) to the Secretary of State for International Development couldn’t be more timely in underscoring the need for urgent investment in education, and highlighting the benefits of reaching the most marginalised, including girls, in particular.

27 April 2017Read in full

CAMA leader Mary (middle) with her friends at university.

Fear doesn’t live here - CAMA leaders confront inequality

At this week’s Skoll World Forum on Entrepreneurship in Oxford, UK, Camfed joins delegates from nearly 65 countries under the uniting theme “Fault Lines: Creating Common Ground.”

3 April 2017Read in full

Photo of Gloria Steinem and Alice Saisha

Gloria Steinem wants you to meet Camfed alumna Alice

Together, they are fighting for the same future

10 March 2017Read in full

Pearson extends partnership with Camfed for girls in Africa

Pearson extends partnership with Camfed for girls’ education in Africa

New Pearson BTEC recognises the key vocational skills of young women who were once marginalised.

22 February 2017Read in full

REAL Centre & Camfed representatives outside Homerton College

Cambridge researchers delve into Camfed data

This week, the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge kicked off its seminar series on research, evidence, policy and practice in education and international development with a presentation ‘deep dive’ into Camfed’s data, which has shown an unprecedented uplift in learning outcomes among the most marginalized girls.

27 January 2017Read in full

How periods are pushing girls out of school

According to UNESCO, 10% of adolescent girls in Africa miss school during their period. They miss an average of 528 days — nearly two years of learning. In the rural communities where Camfed works, menstruation is an even bigger obstacle.

13 January 2017Read in full

Students collaborate during a Learner Guide class in Tanzania

An unprecedented uplift in learning outcomes among marginalized girls

Results from an extensive and innovative education intervention delivered by Camfed in Africa, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) demonstrate an unprecedented uplift in learning outcomes among marginalized girls. They show that, with the right kind of support, even the poorest and most disadvantaged students can make good progress through secondary school, and change prospects for their communities for good.

12 December 2016Read in full

The Camfed Tanzania team with scholars, alumnae and stakeholders

When girls succeed and women lead - Camfed Tanzania celebrates 10th anniversary

It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to educate a girl. This week, the power of rural community partnerships to shape the future of the most marginalized girls was highlighted by Camfed Tanzania during its 10th anniversary AGM. Together with students, alumnae and other stakeholders Camfed celebrated the achievements of its movement for girls’ education and made plans to accelerate its impact through the leadership of the young women in its CAMA alumnae network.

8 December 2016Read in full

Our CAMA alumnae are working towards a brighter future every day

Keeping girls safe from gender based violence

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, raising awareness of the often hidden issue of violence and abuse girls and women face in the home and outside the home. The circumstances of marginalized girls in sub-Saharan Africa make them extremely vulnerable to gender based violence (GBV). That’s why it’s so important that we tackle the issue at home and at school, led by those young women whose own experience brings profound expertise to the table.

25 November 2016Read in full

CAMA entrepreneur Netsai (centre) shares business expertise

After school: how women's entrepreneurship can make all the difference

This month 11,800 girls in Zimbabwe who have been supported through school by Camfed will graduate from secondary school. As the world celebrates the third annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day -- #WED2016 -- we shine a spotlight on the vital importance of entrepreneurship training for graduates from impoverished families in sub-Saharan Africa as they face the immense pressure of empty cupboards and high expectations.

18 November 2016Read in full

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