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.

Camfed and Worldreader announce pioneering learning technology partnership

Camfed and Worldreader announce pioneering learning technology partnership

Camfed and Worldreader have just announced a ground-breaking learning technology partnership, supported by a grant from the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF). The two organisations will be working closely with Camfed’s partner communities in Tanzania, using the latest e-reader technology in support of a new curriculum to push up learning outcomes for girls at rural government schools, ensuring their successful transition to secondary school.

15 May 2015Read in full

Ayisha Fuseini at the UN in Switzerland

Camfed's Ayisha Fuseini at the UN: the secret to shea success

CAMA member, shea butter entrepreneur, and peer educator Ayisha Fuseini from the Northern Region of Ghana recently joined young entrepreneurs from across the world for a conference at the historic Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

5 May 2015Read in full

Photograph (c) Stef Ferrucci

When you educate girls, THIS is what change looks like

In the week culminating in International Women’s Day, the world celebrated the achievements, diversity, strength and resilience of girls and women, while passionately discussing ways to break down the many challenges and obstacles to gender equality that still remain.

17 March 2015Read in full

Celebrating young African women entrepreneurs and mentors during Global Money Week

Celebrating young African women entrepreneurs and mentors during Global Money Week

The young leaders of CAMA, Camfed’s alumnae association, are showing their communities and nations how a little bit of money can go a long way when young women have access to a quality education, and the opportunity to grow their ideas and share their knowledge.

12 March 2015Read in full

Data as a democratic process

Data as a democratic process

Across countless communities of sub-Saharan Africa, children politely answer questions posed by researchers. Then silence. Who knows what happens to the information, how it is analysed and with whom it is shared?

10 March 2015Read in full

The Mothers of Malawi: providing food for thought

The Mothers of Malawi: providing food for thought

Mother Support Groups in Malawi work tirelessly to give regular meals to 17,500 school children every week. Your help will support the most vulnerable children on their journey through school by providing communities with vital food and supplies.

2 March 2015Read in full

Camfed and Salesforce: How technology helps to deliver change at scale

Camfed and Salesforce: How technology helps to deliver change at scale

The two main components to Camfed’s ability to scale its impact, while maintaining its focus on the individual girl and her entitlement to a quality, safe education, are communities and ‘big data,’ delivered by robust finance and data systems, centralized in Salesforce.

18 February 2015Read in full

Camfed recognised as leader in use of tech & impact data to inform girls’ education programs

Camfed recognised as leader in use of tech & impact data to inform girls’ education programs

A recent article on Devex, the social enterprise platform that delivers important news and intelligence for the development community, commended Camfed for the effective use of ground breaking technology and evaluation of “big data” in support of girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa.

2 February 2015Read in full

The neglected capital in the fight against poverty and injustice

The neglected capital in the fight against poverty and injustice

Camfed founder Ann Cotton travels to Davos this week, where she will ask the world to rethink what capital means in the fight against poverty and injustice.

21 January 2015Read in full

Meet Edith, one of Camfed's CAMA mentors

Meet Edith, one of Camfed's CAMA mentors

As the year draws to a close, Camfed is sharing some of the stories of their students and graduates, who, as leaders in their communities, are using their experience and empathy to mentor the next generation, helping more girls claim their right to education, and succeed.

10 December 2014Read in full

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