Innovative Approaches in International Development

February 25th, 3pm - 5pm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103

FREE to attend!
To RSVP, please email jordan@globalcampsafrica.org or complete form at the bottom of the page

Join Global Camps Africa as we lead a discussion with international health and development experts about combining innovation and best health practices to empower young people.

Global Camps Africa (GCA) brings an innovative approach to solving some of the world’s largest development issues such as combating the AIDS epidemic, developing children’s life skills in the face of poverty and adversity, and empowering girls in patriarchal cultures. GCA uses the lessons of summer camp to take a stand against these incredible challenges, as well as promotes fun activities to teach youth powerful skills and confidence that remain with them for a lifetime. Combining the best practices of camp and global health, GCA has uniquely positioned itself to allow youth that participate in our program to reach their full potential. 

On February 25th, GCA will convene an expert panel on “Innovative Approaches to International Development” to bring attention to our use of camp as a model, including a discussion about the larger global health implications, with a particular focus on girls’ empowerment. Our President and Founder Philip Lilienthal will lead the conversation, using the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance on targeting the right place, with the right thing at the right time.

Showcasing the results of our own
5-year evaluation study, one that highlights the positive short-term impacts seven days of camp can have on the life of a child, we hope to have a meaningful discussion about what those results mean and the long-term impact innovative programs can have. 

Our Panel of Experts Include:

  • Philip Lilienthal, GCA President and Founder;
  • Natika Washington, Director of Global Programs in the State Department's Office of Global Women's Issues;
  • Mark Vander Vort, Senior Vice President, Programs at Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB); and
  • Dr. Gwynn Powell, Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University.
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