Camfed has received numerous honours in its two decades of operation.

We are delighted to have been recognised internationally for our groundbreaking work in girls' education. Here are just a few of the accolades that have come our way.

Ahimsa Award (2015)

Ahimsa Award (2015)In October 2015, Ann Cotton’s work to educate young women in Africa was honored with the Ahimsa Award at the UK House of Commons. The award celebrates compassion and non-violence in the spirit of Jain philosophy, which was followed by Mahatma Gandhi.

WISE Prize for Education (2014)

WISE Prize for Education LogoIn November 2014, Ann Cotton’s work to support community-owned, integrated education programmes for girls and young women in rural Africa was recognized with the global WISE Prize for Education, which highlights the innovation, scale and impact of programs that reaches the most marginalized communities.

OECD Recognition for Taking Development Innovation to Scale (2014)

OECD LogoIn October 2014, Camfed was recognized as a model of best practice in taking innovation to scale by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Washington Fellowship, Young African Leaders Initiative (2014)

UN LogoCamfed alumna, Cama chairperson and entrepreneur Ruka Yaro of Ghana was selected as one of 500 individuals selected out of 50,000 qualified candidates for Washington Fellowship under President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative.

UN Youth Advocacy Panel (2012)

UN LogoFormer Camfed bursary recipient Abigail Kaindu was appointed as one of 10 youth advocates from across the globe to the United Nations Secretary General's Youth Advocacy Panel, which forms part of a new Education First initiative to get all children into school.

Cambridge University Charity of the Year (2009)

As part of its 800th year anniversary celebration, University of Cambridge named Camfed as the Charity of the Year

Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award (2009)

Camfed alumna Penelope Machipi received the $25,000 award for making a difference in her community in Samfya, Zambia.

Global Social Entrepreneur, Schwab Foundation (2008)

Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton was named a Global Social Entrepreneur by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation.

Four-star Charity Navigator rating (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Camfed USA earned the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator for its efficient financial practices.

Top 35 Women under 35 (2007)

Chief Executive Officer (then Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes) Lucy Lake was nominated as one of the top “35 business women under the age of 35” by the magazine Management Today.

Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University (2007)

Founder and President Ann Cotton was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Cambridge.

Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Charity (2006 & 2007)

The Financial Times selected Camfed to be the recipient of its annual fundraising appeal in 2006 and 2007.

Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life (2006)

Camfed Zimbabwe Executive Director Angeline Mugwendere was awarded this prize by the Women's World Summit Foundation.

Order of the British Empire Award (2006)

Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2005)

Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton was awarded the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Beacon Prize (2005)

Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton won a Beacon Prize, awarded in the UK to those who have made a significant contribution to charity.

UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2004)

Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton was named the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

International Aid Development Charity of the Year (2003)

Camfed was voted International Aid & Development Charity of the Year at the annual Charity Awards, organised by Charity Finance.