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Camfed has received numerous honors and awards. We are delighted to have been recognized internationally for our groundbreaking work in girls' education and women's empowerment. Here are just a few of the accolades that have come our way.

Business Weekly Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise (2018)

Camfed has been named as the winner of the Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise at the Business Weekly Awards. The ceremony took place on 21 March 2018 at Queens’ College, Cambridge, to celebrate leaders in business innovation. Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development at Camfed, attended on the evening to accept the award.  

Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball Honors Award (2017)

Clara Lionel FoundationOn September 14, 2017, Camfed’s Regional Executive Director Angeline Murimirwa – one of the first girls Camfed supported to go to school and founding member of our CAMA alumnae network – was presented with the 2017 Diamond Ball Honors Award. The award recognizes her past, present and future support of young leaders, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. The Diamond Ball is the annual gala held by the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded by award-winning performer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rihanna.

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award (2017)

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award (2017)Camfed Tanzania’s Learner Guide Program was named as one of the six winning projects of the 2017 WISE Awards, which recognize high-impact projects from around the globe for their innovative solutions to 21st century education challenges. Winning projects had to be scalable and replicable, demonstrating a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society.

UN Girls’ Education Initiative Youth Representative (2016)

UN Girls’ Education Initiative Youth Representative LogoOn International Youth Day, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) announced that Camfed alumna Alice Saisha from Zambia was chosen as its Global Advisory Committee Youth Representative. Alice will be sharing the experience and expertise of the young women leaders in Camfed’s pan-African CAMA alumnae network to inform global education policy.

FinancialForce 360 Customer Excellence Award (2016)

FinancialForce 360 Customer Excellence AwardCamfed has been recognized as the winner in the Best Customer Experience category in FinancialForce’s fourth annual 360 Customer Excellence Awards.Camfed was selected for the impact that its internal technology and process transformation has had on clients (girls in rural Africa) and donors.

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.

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.

Business Weekly Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise (2018)

Camfed has been named as the winner of the Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise at the Business Weekly Awards. The ceremony took place on 21 March 2018 at Queens’ College, Cambridge, to celebrate leaders in business innovation. Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development at Camfed, attended on the evening to accept the award.  

Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball Honors Award (2017)

On September 14, 2017, Camfed’s Regional Executive Director Angeline Murimirwa – one of the first girls Camfed supported to go to school and founding member of our CAMA alumnae network – was presented with the 2017 Diamond Ball Honors Award. The award recognizes her past, present and future support of young leaders, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. The Diamond Ball is the annual gala held by the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded by award-winning performer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rihanna.

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award (2017)

Camfed Tanzania’s Learner Guide Program was named as one of the six winning projects of the 2017 WISE Awards, which recognize high-impact projects from around the globe for their innovative solutions to 21st century education challenges. Winning projects had to be scalable and replicable, demonstrating a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society.

UN Girls’ Education Initiative Youth Representative (2016)

UN Girls’ Education Initiative Youth Representative LogoOn International Youth Day, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) announced that Camfed alumna Alice Saisha from Zambia was chosen as its Global Advisory Committee Youth Representative. Alice will be sharing the experience and expertise of the young women leaders in Camfed’s pan-African CAMA alumnae network to inform global education policy.
 

FinancialForce 360 Customer Excellence Award (2016)

FinancialForce 360 Customer Excellence AwardCamfed has been recognized as the winner in the Best Customer Experience category in FinancialForce’s fourth annual 360 Customer Excellence Awards.Camfed was selected for the impact that its internal technology and process transformation has had on clients (girls in rural Africa) and donors.
 

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 its800th yearanniversary 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.
 

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 Cottonwas 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.

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