Mawazo Voices relies on innovative communication tools and public engagement with research in order to amplify the work of African researchers, and share findings on African women in higher education and research. Our programme establishes African researchers on the continent as a source of timely, relevant, and credible evidence for informed decision making at all levels. Through our public engagement activities, we encourage public discourse and help facilitate open discussion on the challenges currently facing the African continent, and possible solutions.

Mawazo Institute is the host of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya

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Type of Organisation


Focus Area / Approach

Empowerment Programme, STEM/STEAM Programme

Impact Towards SDGs

Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality

Main Target Group

Women & Girls

Active Since



What This Organisation Can Offer

Mawazo is able to offer access to a network of African subject-matter experts, majority of whom are young, African women in the early-stages of their research careers. We currently have reach in over 10 African countries, with a focus in East Africa. Our network is made up of scientists pursuing innovative local research in a range of fields including Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Climate Change, Digital Media, Engineering, Food Science, Health, Physics, Political Science, Gender Studies, and more.

What This Organisation Is Looking for

We are looking for peer institutions to partner with, as well as funding opportunities for our work which builds the capacity of young African women researchers in the sciences. We are also on the look out for experts who would like to participate in our themed public engagement activities.

Contact Person

Mawazo Institute


Kari Mugo

2022 Jury | Engage 2021 2021 Circle Speaker Falling Walls Circle Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)

Kari Mugo is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya, and the Public Engagement Lead at Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute in Nairobi (Kenya) that supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in Africa through research funding and professional training. At Mawazo, Kari supports the development of Mawazo’s public engagement program, designed to expose policy makers and the public to important research and innovative ideas by African scientists and thinkers.

Mawazo’s vision is for a world in which the voices and ideas of early-career African women shape the future of the continent and the world.

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