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About

We are a consortium of community-based organizations supporting adolescent girls in long-term sustainable development. 

 

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to support female leadership and AMPLIFY the voices of community-based organizations.

We envision vibrant African communities developed by strong community-based organizations supporting adolescent girls—forging the path towards a brighter future.

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Our philosophy

AMPLIFY is rooted in the belief that community-based approaches, which value depth and community collaboration, are extremely effective in establishing long-term sustainable change.   CBOs in Africa have the experience and tools to successfully deliver holistic education and leadership development for adolescent girls as they have unique access to community leaders, families, girls and other decision makers. This is due to their constant, integrated presence in communities and their knowledge of local norms, history and culture. CBOs are already achieving results, evidenced by the emergence of some of Africa’s most vulnerable girls from CBO programs as confident, educated, community-based leaders.

Community based organizations are often overlooked by large funders because they do not focus on scale.  AMPLIFY seeks to shift this paradigm by fostering collaboration between community-based organizations to demonstrate the fortitude of grassroots leadership and the success of locally developed programs.   AMPLIFY will use a collective action framework to bring organizations together to share best practices, provide organizational capacity development, and design holistic programs and advocacy for the communities they serve.

how we work

The consortium’s overall goal is to develop female leadership across Africa by promoting locally proven methods for supporting adolescent girls. AMPLIFY’S vision is for local communities to decide which practices, ideas, values and principles are most effective for supporting adolescent girls in their local contexts and sharing this knowledge with other CBOs partners.                                                                                                                     

Program Area 1: Providing education and leadership development opportunities

We believe in the power of convening organizations to promote sharing and learning. AMPLIFY brings together CBO leaders, as well as the adolescent girls and communities we serve. For example, AMPLIFY provides education and leadership development opportunities for young women in Africa through the annual East African Girls Leadership Summit (EAGLS).[1] AMPLIFY also provides financial support to members for efforts to adapt their learning and implement inspired programs in their own communities.

Program Area 2: Knowledge sharing

AMPLIFY promotes sharing of best practices between CBO consortium members. Knowledge sharing will consist of exchange of knowledge and promotion of best practices through an electronic platform and a dedicated knowledge-sharing trainer. 

Program Areas 3: Advocacy and outreach

AMPLIFY members will work together to develop advocacy strategies and promote key messages related to holistic education and leadership development of adolescent girls in Africa. The consortium will also support capacity building for CBO members to expand the reach and impact of their messages related to CBO methods. 

 

[1] EAGLS uses a culturally resonant, arts-based methodology to develop critical and effective leadership skills for young women. Through training, coaching and convening, EAGLS allows girls to access their personal and collective power to promote gender equality and girls’ human rights.