CAMFED receives Co-Impact grant for collaborative systems change

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It will support the adoption of our Learner Guide model - supporting girls to learn and women to lead - in national school systems in Tanzania and Zambia.

Today Co-Impact, the global collaborative for systems change, announced funding for 34 initiatives to help make systems more just and inclusive whilst advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. CAMFED is proud to be one of eight recipients of Co-Impact’s Foundational Fund, which supports collaborative systems change efforts that will achieve significant and enduring improvements in education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of people.

The fund provides large, long-term, flexible grants and non-financial support to initiatives that have demonstrated success through an evidence-based approach to creating a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.

We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with Co-Impact to create just and inclusive systems change. CAMFED will use the grant to support the adoption of our Learner Guide model in national school systems in Tanzania and Zambia as a key strategy to improve girls’ completion of secondary education. It’s all about bringing unrivalled expertise of proximate leaders – young women from marginalized backgrounds – to the table, and working with local and national government to break down the barriers to education and opportunity that girls and young women face.

Lydia Wilbard, CAMFED Executive Director: Learning & Engagement

Collaborative Philanthropy 

Co-Impact brings together philanthropic individuals and organizations in a collaborative fund large enough to achieve mass systems change. Core funding partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ELMA Foundation, Jeff Skoll, MacKenzie Scott and the Rockefeller Foundation. The collaborative chooses deeply-embedded, grassroots-led program partners like CAMFED, whose models were developed to tackle the root causes of inequality, driving long-term, just and inclusive systems change.

That process means thinking about who has power and who makes decisions. Co-Impact focuses on supporting millions of women to thrive and reach their fullest potential as leaders, especially within law and economics, enabling them to influence policy and decision-making, accelerating progress towards gender equality.


Many systems around the world fail to deliver on their promises because discrimination against women, girls and other marginalized groups is baked into their design. Our program partners work with governments to fix this, dismantling barriers to inclusion in public and market systems and using proven innovations to help millions of people access greater opportunities and live with dignity.”
Olivia Leland, Co-Impact’s founder and CEO
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Video: The journey to scaling the Learner Guide Program in Tanzania

As a Co-Impact partner, we will build on rigorous evidence and the lived experiences of the girls and young women we serve to advance sustainable impact at scale, and build broad and powerful coalitions for change. The funding will also help CAMFED to strengthen learning, measurement, and evaluation processes to enhance accountability, as well as to share best  practice.

This video, shared with Ministry partners in Tanzania, was created when we began our scaling journey there in collaboration with government experts. With funding from Co-Impact and other global partners we will be able to go further faster to create a more equitable world through education.

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Trust and long-term support are essential to achieve outcomes. Virtually all our long term and flexible funding goes to organizations led by people, mostly women, rooted in the Global South. They are best placed to lead because they are closer to the action, know their local contexts and have the credibility and relationships needed to achieve lasting change.”
Rakesh Rajani, Vice President of Programs at Co-Impact

Financial Times: Melinda French Gates and Olivia Leland on pooling resources for systems change at scale

In an interview in the FT’s “How to Give It” special, published on Saturday, December 10th, Beatrice Hodgkin speaks to philanthropist Melinda French Gates and CEO of Co-Impact  Olivia Leland about the power of pooled giving to address global challenges none of us can solve alone.

Donors who value fast action, diverse leadership and power sharing are contributing to global collaboratives which can be more than the sum of their parts. 

Read the FT "How to Give It" article

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Steve Osman $100

Roe & Maggie Stone $100

Betty Schwab $25

Jonathan Brody $40

Bonne Mogulescu $150

William Wiedmann $150

Adrianna Timmons $360

Lizbeth Garcia $10

Niall Doherty $370

Nicola Riley €300

John Benson £20

Gareth Waldram £342

Greta Bonnaud £630

Benj Schneider £1600

Martha King $1000