Organization Name: Mawazo Institute

Focus Area: Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Region: Africa
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2023
Mawazo Institute (Mawazo) is a women-led research institute that aims to support the next generation of female researchers on the continent, equipping them with the tools to conduct high quality research on issues affecting the continent’s development.

Why We Invested

Africa’s research output is the lowest in the world and women are significantly underrepresented in research due to a severe leaky pipeline in higher education:They face high attrition rates in higher education, make up 31% of researchers, 27% of permanent staff at leading universities, and 10% of members in national science academies on the continent. To address this, Mawazo aims to create an ecosystem that supports the ideas of women so they can inspire the solutions needed to tackle the deep socio-economic challenges facing Africa.

I deeply believe that by embracing and supporting the immense diversity of our humanity - gender; ethnicity; experience, expertise and ideas – we will start to see real, lasting and impactful change in Africa and beyond.
Fiona Wanjiku Moejes, CEO, Mawazo Institute