Youth Enterprise

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

After school, graduates in rural Africa have few job opportunities. Yet young educated women from disadvantaged families feel a deep responsibility to provide for their siblings and to support other family members, such as a widowed parent or grandparent. The young women themselves continue to be at risk of early marriage and exploitation as they seek financial security. Through its youth enterprise programs, CAMFED is dedicated to improving the futures of young women beyond the classroom. Generating an income not only supports young women's economic independence, their life choices, and the prospects for their families; it also enables them to expand their reach as activists and philanthropists. In partnership with our alumnae network, CAMA, we work to open up new pathways for young women through training and mentorship programs, and access to seed money grants or small loans. CAMA leaders with real-life experience in setting up and running businesses provide training in business, financial literacy and life skills for the next generation of graduates. Girls are taught how to plan a business, make a profit and to save money. Alongside business skills, they learn about their rights and are trained in sexual and reproductive health. They also explore the risk of early marriage - discussing both how to avoid it themselves and how to raise awareness with other girls and young women.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana, Malawi, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2013 -



Ministry Affiliation



Skoll Foundation, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, PIMCO, Dentons, Linklaters LLC, Roger Federer Foundation, TES Global, MECCA M-Power, Kiva, Google, Prudential, The Waterloo Foundation, Wise Philanthropy Advisors, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher ,, Innocent

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Mentorship
  • Sexual harassment & coercion

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Health and childcare services

  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Life skills education

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors


  • Other activities to end child marriage (not captured above)

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training
  • Vouchers/grants

Women's empowerment programs

  • Self-help groups (financial, including savings and credit groups)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased literacy

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being