Charity Camfed, which partners with the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, wins Social Enterprise award for its work to prevent child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cambridge-based charity Camfed, which partners with the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School to help end child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa, was named winner of the Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise at the Business Weekly Awards on 21 March.
“Camfed is transforming the lives of young girls in rural Africa, who then bring lasting change to their communities. This work really is game changing,” said Tony Quested, owner of Business Weekly.
Camfed’s UK Aid Match Appeal (CAMA), launched in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), has raised awareness of the issue of child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. The campaign identifies girls who are vulnerable to early marriage, then supports these girls to stay in school through work with families and local authorities.
The CAMA campaign raised £2.78 million in private donations and matching DFID contributions.
“The real praise must go to our inspiring CAMA network, made up of social entrepreneurs and philanthropists, whose energy, passion and generosity is keeping girls in education and creating a wave of positive change,” said Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development at Camfed, who accepted the award.
Cambridge Judge Business School sponsored two award categories in the Business Weekly Awards 2018: Heather Richards, CEO of Transversal, won the Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, while Frontier Developments won the Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year Award.