CAMFED Association

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

The CAMFED Association (CAMA), the network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support, is the largest of its kind in Africa, and spurring remarkable change as young women from rural communities use their education to benefit others, and work to break the cycle of poverty for good. The Association's power lies in its institutional, as well as its emotional, infrastructure. Members share huge determination and resilience against a background of rural poverty and marginalization. They are deeply committed to ‘plowing back’ the benefits of their education into their communities. Organized into elected committees from district to national level, the CAMFED Association has a robust mechanism for cascading knowledge. Connected through mobile technology, young women overcome rural isolation, help build each other’s lives, and use their experience and expertise to support many more vulnerable children to stay in school, learn and succeed. Association members are teachers, business entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, social workers and local political leaders, all with a strong and intimate understanding of the barriers to girls’ education, putting themselves at the forefront of dismantling those barriers, and rallying everyone in their communities to do the same.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


1998 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Social and emotional learning

Cross-cutting areas

  • Mentorship

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


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School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Life skills education

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Increased employment/job-related skills