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Annual Report

CAMFED’s 2021 Annual Report was released this week, detailing progress towards our ambitious strategic goal of supporting five million more girls to go to school. The review shows that we remain on course to meet our target, thanks to the determined generosity of supporters like you working in alliance with the inspirational leadership of the 208,000 members of the CAMFED Association. Our progress last year means that, since launching the new strategic plan, CAMFED has supported 1.4M girls and young women in education as we further scaled our programs for gender equality, social justice, economic development and climate action. We also achieved greater global recognition when we received the world’s largest humanitarian award, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, along with the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. Navigate our interactive review and download the full report here.

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GEC and CAMFED

This quarter also marks the completion of a ground-breaking nine-year partnership with the UK Aid-funded Girl’s Education Challenge (GEC) in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The partnership supported the trial and scale of our flagship Learner Guide program, which has subsequently benefited more than 1.5M children, and we are now exploring with governments pathways for adoption and scaling of the program nationally. It has also enabled us to for the first time deliver at scale our Transition Program, which has gone on to support more than 175,0000 young women to progress beyond school into further education, employment or enterprise. The partnership has added to the international evidence base for what works in girls’ education, the findings from which are already influencing policy making.

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Angie Muriwama on CNN

A recent episode of the CNN show African Voices Changemakers featured CAMFED’s Executive Director – Africa, Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, along with some of her sisters in the CAMFED Association. The piece was filmed in Malawi, and follows Angie as she visits students supported by CAMFED, as well as young women who have graduated from school and subsequently stepped into leadership roles and entrepreneurship. The film explores how Angie and her peers are using their lived experience to achieve gender equality, economic development and climate action through girls’ education.

Watch the full episode on CNN
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MoU signed with AmaliTech

A new partnership in Ghana will deliver bootcamps to boost young women’s digital literacy and enhance their career potential. AmaliTech is an international digital services and solutions provider that aims to harness the potential of remote working to influence the future of employment in sub-Saharan Africa — a timely ambition with the looming youth job crisis in Africa. Together our organisations will run bootcamps, connect young women to training programs, and offer internships and employment opportunities. The partnership compliments our aim to create 150,000 new jobs for young women and members of their rural communities over the course of the current strategic plan. Sally Ofori-Yeboah, CAMFED Ghana’s National Director:

“We can’t and won’t let the digital divide be another obstacle for marginalized groups. Through partnerships like this, we can ensure that young women are equipped to meet the technological demands of the modern working world, and able to pursue careers in the digital sector.”

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National Directors

CAMFED’s executive leaders from across the globe met up in Nairobi last month for the first in-person gathering since the pandemic. Our African leadership pictured L-R: Namenda Malupande – National Director, CAMFED Zambia, Shungu Gwarinda – Executive Director, CAMFED Zimbabwe, Sally Ofori-Yeboah – National Director, CAMFED Ghana, Angie Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director – Africa, Lydia Wilbard – Executive Director, CAMFED Tanzania and Susan Silika – National Director, CAMFED Malawi.

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