Reaching the most marginalized can deliver big returns
Recently, the University of Cambridge REAL Centre analyzed detailed program and financial data from Camfed. Its cost-effectiveness analysis of our program in Tanzania revealed that for all children supported, for every $100 spent, the impact is equivalent to an extra 1.7 years of schooling, increasing to an equivalent of an extra 2.4 years of schooling per $100 when explicitly taking equity considerations into account. Researchers concluded that whilst it may cost more to reach the most marginalized children, the impact per dollar spent provides greater value for money, meaning Camfed’s program attains similar cost effectiveness outcomes to ones that don’t reach the most marginalized. Inclusive education systems will function for everyone if they function for the most marginalized.
“In today’s world, there is so much injustice, and most of the time the ones who are marginalized are missing their justice,” says Sharifa. With her incredible strength and resilience, she’s already a keen advocate of children’s rights, especially the right to education. “I want to be a lawyer because I want to fight for the rights of women, children, and the oppressed people in my community.”
Read Sharifa's full story here.
(1) Source: UNESCO, 2016
(2) Source: Brookings, 2016
(3) Source: UNESCO 2017 Out of School Policy Paper
(4) Source: Global Partnership for Education
(5) Men re-invest 30–40%. Source: World Bank
(6) Source: Brookings, 2017. See http://brook.gs/2rJE6GH
(7) Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2017