Category Archives: Global Development

Double your donation to Camfed with UK Aid Match

Too often, poverty decides girls’ futures. Let’s change that! Leading the way are Camfed’s GirlGuardians, young women who are equipped with the tools and skills they need to tackle child marriage in their communities. Each GirlGuardian you support will protect 80 girls at risk of becoming child brides.

Right now, the UK government is matching every donation gifted to Camfed’s UK Aid Match appeal, doubling your impact to help twice as many girls stay in school and out of child marriage. Go to Camfed.org/UnlockFutures to follow the stories of girls whose lives are being transformed every day with your help.

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By donating, you will be doing something amazing for vulnerable girls across Africa. But not only that – if you donate via my sponsorship page, I will run 1km per £1. Let’s set me a challenge!

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Kiva

Kiva means a lot to me. I discovered it by chance in November 2014 and I was immediately captivated. This moment set me on a journey that has so far led me to quit my job in London, volunteer in South America and to start working for Camfed. Continue reading

I’m Raising Money for Camfed!

What is Camfed?

Camfed is the Campaign for Female Education, which is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Camfed works in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi and has already benefited the lives of millions of girls and young women.

Why should you donate?

Mainly because it’s an amazing cause, but I’m also proud to say that I’ll be representing Camfed at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 8th October. Not only that, I’m going to run 1km for every £1 that’s donated! The target is £400 (and I think we can raise more) so that’s a lot of running!

How can you donate?

Follow this link to my sponsorship page to donate.

Want to know more?

Check out Camfed’s website, which is full of truly inspiring stories. They also have some great videos on their YouTube page.

You can also follow my training on Strava and I’ll try to keep the blog updated with my progress. 34 days to go!

Female Education & Camfed

Female education is essential for the success of every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which outline what the international community has committed to achieve by 2030 (read more about the SDG’s here or watch this video).

That might sound like hyperbole but it’s true. I thought about going into more detail about how each SDG can be linked to education, but the infographic at the bottom of this post does that for me. Instead, I’ll talk about the charity I’m currently working for, which is making huge strides in sub-Saharan Africa.

Camfed

Camfed aka The Campaign for Female Education is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Camfed’s tagline echoes the message above about the broad impact that focusing on female education has on society’s greatest challenges: When you educate a girl, everything changes.

Camfed often cites that an educated girl will:

  • earn up to 25% more for every year in secondary school
  • reinvest 90% of her earnings in her family
  • be 3x less likely to become HIV-positive
  • marry later and have a smaller, healthier family
  • resist gender-based violence and discrimination
  • invest in her children’s education

Camfed’s bread and butter is supporting girls to go to school, but their flagship program is CAMA – the alumnae network for Camfed graduates. Since CAMA was founded in 1998 it has flourished (they recently hit the milestone of 100,000 members) and acts as proof of the multiplier effect of female education. Read more about CAMA here.

Fundraising

Camfed has just announced its #UnlockFutures campaign, which means that any donations received between 11th October 2017 and 10th January 2018 will be doubled by the UK Government. Please consider donating to my sponsorship campaign during this period – you can find out more in my blog post and my sponsorship page.

Read more…

If you want to find out more about Camfed’s work, their website is full of resources, including numerous stories from individuals. There are lots of videos on their YouTube page and you can also read more about female education here:

https://issuu.com/camfed/docs/when_you_educate_a_girl/1?e=1060827/8837826

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/blog/entry/education-an-unstoppable-tide

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Taking on Inequalities

On Tuesday 9th May 2017, I attended The University of Manchester for a panel discussion on Taking on Inequalities #TOI17, with the Global Development Institute @GlobalDevInst. I thought I’d write up some of my notes.

It was chaired by Anna Leach, from the Guardian, and she was joined by the following experts:

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The panel started by talking a bit about the work they do and the inequality issue the find most interesting. Then questions were taken from the audience and Twitter using #TOI17.

Carolina Sanchez talked about the impacts of globalisation, specifically the distributional impact. Policies need to be inclusive – need to promote access to opportunity and connect developing countries to the global marketplace.

Dr Rory Horner gave some background to the shifting geography of inequality: at the beginning of the 19th century, 80% of inequality was within countries, the rest was between countries. By 1990 this ratio had reversed, with 80% of inequality between countries. Since 1990 this gap has closed with the rise of India and India.

He also posed a couple of questions for the audience:

Would you rather be poor in a rich country or rich in a poor country?

The show of hands seemed to roughly coincide with previous studies in which 70% of people would rather be rich in a poor country. Dr Rory then revealed that a Norwegian in the 95th percentile has 5x more purchasing power than someone from the 5% percentile in Niger.

Will a child born today have a better life than us or a worse life?

The results here surprised me a little, with about three quarters responding that today’s child would have a worse life. I don’t know what this majority would have factored in, but that pessimism was reasonably consistent across the countries polled, with France being the most pessimistic at 92%!

Rebecca Gowland works on Oxfam’s UK campaign regarding public engagement in inequality. This involves how to communicate the problems and, more importantly, the solutions in an accessible and tangible way. She argued that we should measure a nation’s wealth and prosperity beyond merely GDP and take into account things such as their impact on the environment, e.g. use of CO2 or land. Rebecca referred to a report that states just 8 men own the same wealth as half of the world population (down from 62 people the previous year). She also talked about growing the voice of developing countries and there was a prepared video, featuring Jane in Kenya, here:

Oxfam video

Here are some of the discussion points from the questions I remember:

Should a living wage be a human right? Rebecca gave a couple of examples from DRC and Vietnam, which highlight the fact that this is a huge problem for some of the working population. Carolina answered that wages are only part of the story and there should also be a focus on the type of jobs available, people’s access to those jobs and the opportunities for people to gain skills.

The term political will was mentioned several times, once after it was summed up that inequality is a political choice. A related question was posed regarding how to redistribute the concentration of wealth/power, when this is inherently going against the interests of the currently wealthy and powerful. I think this is a huge issue in countless situations across the world. One of Rebecca’s proposals was a Global Tax Body, which could promote tax transparency and fiscal justice.

A member of the audience stated that globalisation is often seen is inherently good and something to strive for, even though there’s now a large body of evidence that shows “it doesn’t work”, i.e. globalisation increases inequality by encouraging a race to the bottom on price. He continued and suggested that the World Bank and IMF should be restructured or even abolished. A follow-up question asked whether the World Bank would ever consider a policy of degrowth as a solution.

The panel’s closing remarks were interrupted by an emergency evacuation of the building, but we’d already overrun and had a good night.