Camfed recognized by the OECD for taking innovation to scale

Posted Oct. 6, 2014

Camfed is being recognized as a model of best practice in taking innovation to scale by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). Camfed’s achievement will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 7 at the OECD headquarters in Paris.

“This is a tribute that we greatly value – to be recognized as having a model that can be successfully scaled,” said Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed, “We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable girls across the globe secure their right to education in view of the huge benefits that this will unlock.”

Camfed’s programme currently extends across five African countries, 116 districts and 5,000 schools. Last year alone this programme benefitted 2.2 million children, including 105,000 girls receiving bursaries to complete their secondary education.

The DAC is seeking to raise the profile of innovative solutions that have gone to scale. “Extreme poverty has been halved and progress has been made on all Millennium Development Goals. But more innovative solutions will be need to be taken to scale if we are to end poverty, green our economies and make sure that all the children now going to school actually learn something,” says Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

Camfed is being recognized for their support of girls through secondary school and into secure livelihoods. Camfed’s innovation, for which we are being acknowledged, is the creation of a governance model that can be scaled up from a single small community to thousands of communities across national and regional borders. This model bridges engagement between communities, ministries, and regional leadership to ensure that the most marginalized children are reached.

“This is an innovative governance model that engages Ministries, tracks progress publicly and hence forces accountability, thereby circumventing bureaucracy to achieve results,” said Andrew Wyckoff, Director, Science, Technology and Industry Department of OECD in recognition of Camfed’s work.

“This brilliant organization, which is right at the cutting edge of the British effort to get girls into school in some of the most difficult parts of the world, has grown hugely in stature and effectiveness.” Right Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP, commenting on the DAC/OECD announcement.