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Ann Cotton
Ann Cotton is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist who has won many awards including the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, an Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University and an OBE from the Queen Elizabeth II. Cotton is the Founder and President of Camfed.

Entries by Ann Cotton

Boko Halal -- Education Is Good

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:49 PM

The shocking kidnap of more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria has focused global attention on the dangers faced by young women in Africa. Like millions around the world, I hope and pray for their safe return.

The aim of militants such as Boko Haram, whose very name means...

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Financial Literacy More Than The Sum Of Its Parts For At-Risk Women

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Money is hardly neutral. Its connection to power makes it a highly charged social phenomenon, and a mediator of relationships. Because it has historically been controlled by men, it has given men a tool for controlling women.

Consider this: In rural Africa, I have seen women wail and weep when...

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Paying it Forward in Africa

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:20 AM

If you drive south of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, for 90 minutes, you will arrive in Wedza. Turn right onto the dirt road and you will see a village in the near distance silhouetted against the vast landscape. At the gum tree plot, take the left branch and...

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Out of School

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 4:20 PM

On my first trip to Zimbabwe 17 years ago, researching why so few girls attended school after the age of 12, I met two teenage sisters, Cecilia and Makarita. They invited me to their house, a hut they had built themselves.

The hut was immaculate. A battered tin trunk...

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