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|Mission||Eradication of poverty in Africa|
Camfed (also known as the Campaign for Female Education) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mandate is to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women. Camfed programs operate in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.
In October 2014, Camfed was recognised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. 
Camfed was founded by Ann Cotton after being inspired by her travels to Mola in Zimbabwe in 1991, where she investigated why girls’ secondary school enrolment in rural areas was so low. She found that poverty - not cultural reasons - was the root cause. She started raising awareness in her community and fund-raising by selling baked goods, supporting the first 32 girls into school in two of the most impoverished districts of Zimbabwe. 
In 1993, Cotton started Camfed (then ‘Cambridge Female Education Trust’). In 2013 Camfed directly supported 108,000 vulnerable and marginalised girls through school, bringing the total number of students who attended secondary school with Camfed’s support in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the first 20 years to 1,201,801.
Anticipating the need for post-school economic opportunities in the students' communities, the Camfed Association (CAMA) was established in 1998 to connect young female school leavers and offer post-secondary school training opportunities in owning and managing money. Cama provides a structure through which its members can develop their activism and leadership. By 2013 CAMA had a membership of 24,436 with structures that extend from village to district, national and pan-African levels.
• Camfed International, a registered charity in the UK, established in 1993
• Camfed Zimbabwe, established in 1993
• Camfed Ghana, established in 1998
• Camfed USA, established in 2001
• Camfed Zambia, established in 2002
• Camfed Tanzania, established in 2007
• Camfed Malawi, established in 2009
Camfed focuses on rural areas of Africa where poverty is widespread, and girls and young women face massive exclusion from education and the opportunities that are afforded by education. Camfed works to build around girls a supportive environment in which they can attend, and succeed, at primary and secondary school, and progress into young adulthood with opportunities that include professional training, higher education and job creation.
International law firm Linklaters studied Camfed's governance model in 2010. In the resulting report, "Accounting to the Girl", Linklaters write: “Camfed has developed a governance model to deliver girls’ education in impoverished rural communities in subSaharan Africa...Camfed’s governance model works for two principal reasons. First, it requires Camfed to render account to the girls it supports...Second, Camfed’s governance model requires Camfed to establish good governance in rural communities through the implementation of various social assistance programs. Camfed’s programs take root in a community, bringing about long term and sustainable change, only when the community comes together, for example, to identify equitably and transparently the children who are to benefit from Camfed’s support. In other words, Camfed’s education and associated social assistance programs succeed because Camfed gives communities the power and responsibility to run the programs. It is this opportunity which enables communities to become capable, over the long term, of better supporting their children and themselves, through the practice of good governance.”
Cama refers to the Camfed alumni. Cama members reinvest the benefits of their own education into their families and communities. They have set up their own pan-African organization in 1998, Cama (the Camfed Association), which has more than 24,436 members – among them doctors, lawyers and teachers.
The majority of Cama members are now rural businesswomen, achieving economic independence, providing goods and services and becoming role models for younger generations. Camfed has trained 4,878 Cama members as teachers for rural areas. Cama's local philanthropy and activism has provided 161,300 children with financial support from their own communities.
Each year, 150 Cama members are chosen to participate in Camfed's Leadership and Enterprise program in Zambia. Through the program, Cama members established one of the first IT centers in rural Zambia. Media workshops involving video and the internet give young women in struggling communities the opportunity to develop business and leadership skills, with the hopes that they will go on to empower others in their community.
Camfed’s platforms include the UNGEI Global Advisory Committee, Skoll Foundation World Forum, Schwab Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, the United States–Africa Leaders Summit and the Brookings Center for Universal Education.
- Camfed International, 2004. I Have a Story to Tell: Celebrating Ten Years of CAMFED International, ISBN 0-9532907-1-9
- Linklaters, 2010.Camfed Governance, Accounting to the Girl. Working Towards a Standard for Governance in the International Development Sector”, Available at: https://camfed.org/media/uploads/files/Camfed_Linklaters_Accounting_to_the_Girl.pdf
- Camfed, 2010. Camfed Impact Report 2010. A Power-Sharing Model for Systemic Change, Available at: https://camfed.org/media/uploads/files/Camfed_Impact_Report.pdf
- Kristof, N. and WuDunn, S., 2010. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Vintage.
- Camfed Ghana, 2012. What Works in Girls’ Education in Ghana, Available at: https://camfed.org/media/uploads/files/What_Works_in_Girls_Education_CAMFED_2012.pdf
- Cotton, Ann, August 20, 2012. Education, an unstoppable tide. http://www.halftheskymovement.org/blog/entry/education-an-unstoppable-tide
- Mastercard Foundation and Camfed International, 2014. When you educate a girl, everything changes Available at: https://issuu.com/camfed/docs/when_you_educate_a_girl/1?e=1060827/8837826
- UNESCO, 2014. Fixing the broken promise of education for all. Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-school Children Available at: http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/oosci-global-report-en.pdf
- Camfed National Offices
- Camfed Ghana
- Camfed Malawi
- Camfed Tanzania
- Camfed Zimbabwe
- Camfed Zambia
- OECD. "OECD DAC Prize". http://www.oecd.org. Retrieved 22 January 2015. External link in
- World Innovation Summit for Education. "2014 WISE Prize for Education". http://www.wise-qatar.org. External link in
- Cotton, Ann. "Special Address at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha on 6 November 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- Camfed. "Camfed International Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31st December 2013" (PDF). https://camfed.org/. Retrieved 22 January 2015. External link in
- Camfed. "Leaders of Change - CAMA the alumnae association for Camfed graduates". https://camfed.org. External link in
- Linklaters (14 April 2010). Camfed Governance, Accounting to the Girl. Working Towards a Standard for Governance in the International Development Sector (PDF).
- Sevcik, Kimberley (March 2010). "Africa's New Entrepreneurs". Economica: Women and the Global Economy. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
- Official website
- United Nations Girls' Education Initiative: Camfed graduate to serve as advisor on global education policy
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Out-of-school Children: New Data Reveal Persistent Challenges
- A dynamic African woman lives up to Michelle Obama’s call to give girls the chance to go to school