What happens to the power in a collaboration when you give an organisation or individual money? We have invited Sally Osberg from the Skoll Foundation and Ann Cotton from Camfed, who have received money from the foundation to a conversation about the power dynamics in philanthropy. Joining the will also be Fiona Muchembere from the High Court of Zimbabwe, who received support from Camfed to get her law degree.
Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organisation in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Skoll Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide.
One of the ventures, who have benefitted from an investment from the Skoll Foundation is Camfed. Founder and President, Ann Cotton, will join us to talk about the collaboration. Camfed tackle poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and by empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Since 1993, Camfed’s education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported 1,876,214 students to attend primary and secondary school, and more than four million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.
Fiona Mavhinga was one of the first young women who completed her education with Camfed’s support. Today, Fiona is a lawyer and leads on the strategic development of the Camfed Association (CAMA), a powerful pan-African network of educated young women leaders and philanthropists, whose membership grew to 100,000 in 2017. Having experienced first-hand the vulnerability even of those young women who manage to complete secondary school – with no resources, and no employment opportunities available in rural areas - Fiona became a key founder of the CAMA network.
The conversation will be chaired by Stephan Chambers.
Watch the lecture here