We are accountable first and foremost to our clients – vulnerable girls and young women. All our systems and processes put this principle into action in order to secure and reinforce girls’ rights and entitlements, and it underpins our partnerships at every level.
Child protection is a non-negotiable, central tenet of our work. We hold information on every girl we support, tracking her welfare and engaging with all those who hold authority in relation to girls in order to mitigate girls’ vulnerability to any form of abuse.
Only when all marginalized girls receive a quality secondary education can we hope to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We act with urgency to get this generation of girls into school, triggering widespread change through direct action, with demonstrable results.
Our financial systems maintain the highest levels of transparency and accountability. Communities, as our ‘shareholders,’ make decisions on resource allocation with representatives from all stakeholder groups, and directly ensure that all clients receive their entitlements.
We respect, protect and promote the dignity of our clients and their communities. We aim to address the debilitating effects of poverty and exclusion on an individual’s sense of self-worth and entitlement. Empowered communities can then hold governments to account.
We recognize that young people and their communities are the experts on the barriers they face. This is why we actively support young women’s leadership and representation at every level of our organization. Their experience and expertise is vital to the development of sustainable solutions.
We build strong, but apolitical, partnerships with government ministries. We initiate innovative partnerships between communities, government, likeminded organizations and the private sector to maximize the resources available to tackle the challenges which young people face.
We rigorously assess our impact, measuring our success by tangible improvements to the lives of young people. We lead in putting mobile data gathering technology into the hands of frontline activists. We then share this data with communities, empowering them to take swift and targeted action.
The returns of our long-term commitment to investing in communities are evident in the CAMFED Association, the network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support. Once among the most excluded, they are professionals, social entrepreneurs and leaders, transforming prospects for the younger generation.