CIDT consultants Mary Surridge and Rufsana Begum were contracted along with two regional consultants to conduct an Endline evaluation for CAMFED’s Supporting Young Women to Lead Change in Rural Malawi project.
Camfed has been implementing a three year project support by a grant of final evaluation of $1.7m from the Human Dignity Foundation. The project was aimed at supporting young rural women to lead change through support to the development and structure of the Camfed Association (CAMA), the alumnae network of educated young women who have completed school with Camfed’s support, in Malawi.
The project supported young women who had graduated school. They were given an opportunity to join an alumnae network which provided them with an opportunity to peer support, training and financial resources. The selected young women received training as Core Trainers. These young women then passed on the knowledge to other young women. Alumnae support more vulnerable children through school, multiplying the benefits of their education. As role models and mentors they deliver health, wellbeing and financial literacy programmes, share sustainable agricultural practices and business skills, and sit on local and elected committees, changing the prospects for marginalized people in their communities. The trainings included financial literacy, ICT, health, business and entrepreneurship skills. Acquired skills and seed money enabled them to setup rural businesses.
The consultants travelled to various districts in Malawi including Blantyre Lilongwe, Mangochi and Mchinji to conduct their evaluation. They met with a broad range of in country actors and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, community groups, traditional leaders, school based committees and young women involved in the project.
Following the country visit, the consultants successfully delivered a feedback workshop to CAMFED representatives in Blantyre, presenting the preliminary findings and have delivered a 50 page endline evaluation report.