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We catalyze the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine — for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa.

CAMFED is a pan-African movement, revolutionizing how girls’ education is delivered. Through a gold-standard system of accountability to the young people and communities we serve, we have created a model that radically improves girls’ prospects of becoming independent, influential women.

Our impact increases exponentially through the Association of young women educated with CAMFED’s support. Together, we multiply the number of girls in school, and accelerate their transition to livelihoods and leadership.

Through the CAMFED Association, women are leading action on the big challenges their countries face - from child marriage, and girls’ exclusion from education, to climate change. This unique pan-African network of lawyers, doctors, educators, and entrepreneurs is growing exponentially as more girls complete school and join them.

Our collective efforts have already supported more than 4.1 million children to go to school across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Our operational model

CAMFED is made up of three interworking and interdependent parts. Through the synergy of these three parts, CAMFED is able to deliver a resilient, highly efficient and ultimately sustainable program that truly serves the needs of our clients, and multiplies the impact of donor investment:

The CAMFED Association

The network of women leaders founded by former CAMFED clients, who organize and act on behalf of girls and young women

CAMFED Champions

Members of the communities we work with who actively champion and support the advancement of girls and young women

CAMFED Operations

The fundamental operations of CAMFED, including program design, support systems, partnerships and governance

CAMFED operating model diagram

Our model for systemic change

The Camfed Model: Effecting Systemic Change

Girls’ education has been described as the “silver bullet” in terms of what it can achieve to address child and maternal mortality, raise families out of poverty, accelerate economic development, and help communities deal with climate change. CAMFED’s model sees girls’ education as the starting point for social change. It shows that partnering with communities to unlock the leadership potential of groups of girls and women at the margins of society creates a multiplier effect like no other, delivering the only sustainable and scalable way of addressing the world’s problems with the urgency required. 

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Our Vision and Mission

CAMFED envisions a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to turn the tide of poverty.

As the most effective strategy to tackle poverty and inequality, CAMFED multiplies educational opportunities for girls and empowers young women to become leaders of change. Our focus is on girls and young women in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. This is where girls face acute disadvantage and where their empowerment will have a transformative impact.

Our Principles

Accountability

Accountability

We are accountable first and foremost to our clients – vulnerable girls and young women. All our systems and processes put this principle into action in order to secure and reinforce girls’ rights and entitlements, and it underpins our partnerships at every level.

Child Protection

Child Protection

Child protection is a non-negotiable, central tenet of our work. We hold information on every girl we support, tracking her welfare and engaging with all those who hold authority in relation to girls in order to mitigate girls’ vulnerability to any form of abuse. 

Urgency

Urgency

Only when all marginalized girls receive a quality secondary education can we hope to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We act with urgency to get this generation of girls into school, triggering widespread change through direct action, with demonstrable results. 

Transparency

Transparency 

Our financial systems maintain the highest levels of transparency and accountability. Communities, as our ‘shareholders,’ make decisions on resource allocation with representatives from all stakeholder groups, and directly ensure that all clients receive their entitlements.  

Dignity

Dignity

We respect, protect and promote the dignity of our clients and their communities. We aim to address the debilitating effects of poverty and exclusion on an individual’s sense of self-worth and entitlement. Empowered communities can then hold governments to account. 

Leadership

Leadership

We recognize that young people and their communities are the experts on the barriers they face. This is why we actively support young women’s leadership and representation at every level of our organization. Their experience and expertise is vital to the development of sustainable solutions.

Partnerships

Partnerships

We build strong, but apolitical, partnerships with government ministries. We initiate innovative partnerships between communities, government, likeminded organizations and the private sector to maximize the resources available to tackle the challenges which young people face.

Measurement

Measurement

We rigorously assess our impact, measuring our success by tangible improvements to the lives of young people. We lead in putting mobile data gathering technology into the hands of frontline activists. We then share this data with communities, empowering them to take swift and targeted action.

Commitment

Commitment

The returns of our long-term commitment to investing in communities are evident in the CAMFED Association, the network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support. Once among the most excluded, they are professionals, social entrepreneurs and leaders, transforming prospects for the younger generation.

Our Impact

The most exciting outcome of CAMFED’s unique model is its multiplier effect. For every girl who receives support to go to school, three more will follow.

This is achieved through the interworking of our Community Champions, Operations and Association. Together, we create the support system through which the most vulnerable girls can go to school, thrive and successfully transition from school to a secure livelihood. They will in turn join the Association of young women leaders whose members each support an average of three more girls to go to school through their individual and collective philanthropy. As a new generation of leaders, members of the CAMFED Association represent a powerful force for change.

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Camfed Association Quarterly Meeting

Our Impact

Camfed Association Quarterly Meeting

The most exciting outcome of CAMFED’s unique model is its multiplier effect. For every girl who receives support to go to school, three more will follow.

This is achieved through the interworking of our Community Champions, Operations and Association. Together, we create the support system through which the most vulnerable girls can go to school, thrive and successfully transition from school to a secure livelihood. They will in turn join the Association of young women leaders whose members each support an average of three more girls to go to school through their individual and collective philanthropy. As a new generation of leaders, members of the CAMFED Association represent a powerful force for change.

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