Akili Dada is a leadership incubator working to increase African women's access to decision-making.  We offer comprehensive scholarships, personalized mentoring, & rigorous leadership training to promising young women in secondary school who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

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  • We believe that justice is best served when there is a diversity of voices in decision making processes.
  • Policies and lives around the world would improve if women, especially women from underprivilged backgrounds, could become equal participants in leadership and decision-making.
  • Education, mentoring, and leadership training are critical to women from underprivileged backgrounds gaining access to leadership positions.
  • We tackle the roots of the problem by targeting our intervention at adolescent young women.
  • Akili Dada scholars are brilliant young women who have already been active in their communities. Without our intervention they would drop out of school and be forced to enter into early marriage or the low-wage workforce.
  • Committed to fiscal responsibility, we only offer a new scholarship after we have raised 100% of the funds needed to support the student for the entire duration of her secondary school education.

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