Over the next five years, CAMFED commits to providing at least 800,000 additional years of education to girls and vulnerable boys from extremely poor families in rural areas of seven sub-Saharan African countries; develop local capacity to increase accountability in educational delivery in 4,000 communities, expand government partnerships to deliver best practice in girls' education in 10 countries; support the creation of 5,500 new businesses by providing grants or micro-loans to young women entrepreneurs and training in business and leadership skills; and measure the long-term effects of girls' education through 10 research partnerships.
The CGI offers an unprecedented opportunity for world leaders, innovators, policy experts, and donors to converge in a forum uniquely suited to catalyze action to address issues of global concern in a synergistic and comprehensive manner. CAMFED has a great deal of experience with strategies to increase and improve education - both on the ground and at the policy level globally - to share with the multi-sectoral participants of the CGI, where CAMFED can engage simultaneously with a wide variety of donors and partners well-positioned to help CAMFED fully achieve the vast potential of its programs.
CAMFED's programs are designed to unleash the transformative power of girls' education to reduce poverty, improve health outcomes, and increase the education and economic opportunity of future generations. Currently, CAMFED works in 760 rural communities in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls have the least access to education and face the highest poverty rates and risks of HIV/AIDS in the world. CAMFED pays the direct costs of secondary education for girls from poor families in the most impoverished, often remote rural areas. CAMFED also establishes funds and systems for partner schools to provide educational support to the most vulnerable children - mainly orphans - in their communities. In addition, CAMFED builds local capacity to accountably manage educational resources through training and monitoring of school - and community-based committees, and work to improve the learning environment for all children through training and support for teacher mentors in partner schools.
Beyond school, CAMFED extends the learning process by offering educated young women training in business skills and financial management as well as microfinance options for them to start new businesses, along with extensive mentoring and peer support systems to help them succeed.
CAMFED's model is based on the premise that sustainable social change is built from the grassroots up. To this end, CAMFED works in close partnership with every institution and agency with responsibility and power to change the educational status of girls, including families, traditional leaders, schools, district education officials, and national government ministries. The governance and transparency measures embedded in these partnerships recognize the two main threats to girls' education and safety in schools - fraud and child abuse. At every level, CAMFED's programs build in financial and social audit systems designed to ensure that monies reach their intended targets - the most impoverished, vulnerable girls and young women - in a process that supports and safeguards them within their schools and communities. Girls educated with CAMFED support have extended the benefits of the system that nurtured them by building their own grassroots organization (CAMA), whose members now manage the microfinance program.
Since CAMA's inception in 1998, its members have become drivers of social and economic change, joining the new generation of entrepreneurs, professionals, health activists, and philanthropists in their communities and countries. They are included in decision-making bodies for the first time in their communities' history, and are taking up advocacy positions on national and international stages, which CAMFED works diligently to help them secure.
SEEKING: implementing partners, best practice information, media/marketing assistance.
This commitment seeks information, communication, and technology (ICT) partnerships, including computer hardware and software for Camfed's rural partner schools and for community partners and activists engaged in monitoring and evaluation of Camfed programs.
OFFERING: financial resources, implementing partners, best practice information.
Camfed is offering technical assistance in accountable, transparent educational delivery systems - particularly for rural areas - to sub-Saharan African governments, as well as international and multilateral institutions and other NGOs. It offers financial resources and capacity-building to rural African community structures, including schools and community committees, who are potential partners in the areas where the project currently operates or has targeted for expansion.