CAMFED’s CEO, Angeline Murimirwa, discusses the organization’s transformative approach to promoting girls’ education in Africa. With a vision of empowering every child to overcome poverty, CAMFED aims to support over 5 million more girls to complete their secondary education in the next five years. Their multi-faceted strategy includes using data to inform decision-making and measure impact, addressing complex challenges through a holistic approach that includes financial support, mentorship, and advocacy, investing in leadership development for young women, and fostering a culture of collaboration and accountability. CAMFED’s commitment to data-driven strategies, holistic support, leadership development, and a collaborative culture provides valuable lessons for nonprofit leaders in their pursuit of empowering girls and creating lasting change.
In “Unleashing the Power of Workarounds: A Conversation with Paulo Savaget,” we delve into the intriguing world of workarounds and their transformative potential. Savaget’s frustration with repetitive consultancy reports and his admiration for the resourcefulness of hackers ignited his exploration of alternative problem-solving approaches. Through the lens of piggybacks, loopholes, roundabouts, and next bests, Savaget demonstrates the versatility of workarounds. From leveraging existing relationships to navigating legal boundaries and disrupting normalized behaviors, workarounds offer innovative solutions. Implementing workarounds requires a cultural shift that values scrappiness and continuous improvement. Looking ahead, workarounds will play a crucial role in addressing complex challenges, particularly in sustainability. By embracing workarounds, organizations can challenge conventions, foster innovation, and redefine the boundaries of possibility.
GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies. Since 2002, they have helped trusted community-led organizations across the world to access the tools, training and support they need to make our world a better place. It’s an organization that continues to evolve and improve. And here to tell us how and in what ways, it’s a pleasure to have Alix Guerrier, the chief executive officer of GlobalGiving.
The events of the past year have shined a light on the way that philanthropy and impact investing is conducted. It comes as no surprise that decision-makers tend to be disproportionately white, male, and from backgrounds of privilege, and decisions tend to be made in a closed and opaque fashion. But there’s another story that’s unfolding – one where funders have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand. And that story is told in an exceptional book titled Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control. And it’s a pleasure to have here with us its co-author, Meg Massey.