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Nurturing transformative leadership in girls and young women

Posted on 28-02-2020


Organisation Name
Akili Dada
Registration body / Regulator website
Offering women's-only programmes
Organisation Types
Youth-led organisation, Youth-serving organisation
Country of operation
Is the organization profit-making?
Short mission statement
Nurturing transformative leadership in girls and young women
Focus areas
Education and Skills Development, Governance and Youth Empowerment
Please advise on source of funding / donor(s)
Private Foundations, Corporates and Individuals
Organisation address in text format for site search purposes
27847-00100 Nairobi
Mission of the organization
Our mission is to nurture transformative leadership in girls and young women from underserved backgrounds to meet the urgent need for more African women in leadership and key decision making spaces. Dr. Wanjiru Kamau Rutenberg founded Akili Dada in 2005. As a feminist researcher and 2018 Tutu Fellow, Wanjiru wrote her doctoral research on the bottlenecks limiting African women's access to decision-making spaces. It was here that she became convinced that leadership is not accidental but rather must be nurtured with intention and purpose. Her research inspired Akili Dada, an organization that enables young African women to pursue educational and leadership opportunities not previously available to them so that they can emerge as ethical leaders and take their rightful places in society
Organisation website – full URL
Full name of organisation’s contact person
Joy Zawadi
Social impact Statement
Since 2006, we have educated 148 young girls from underserved backgrounds.
Since 2014, we have equipped 74 young girls with 21st-century skills and life skills that prepare them to readily face the work industry on completing university studies. Additionally, 51 young women ha have been equipped with social entrepreneurship and innovation skills.
Since 2009 more than 45,000 individuals have collectively been impacted through girl and young women leaders social change initiatives.
Full link to Twitter account
Email address of the organisation
Full name of Founder / President
Wanjiru Kamau Rutenberg
Full link to Facebook page
Telephone Number
+254721 552120
Full name of current President/CEO
Purity Kagwiria
Full link to Instagram
Is the organisation registered/certified
Total number of staff members?
Number of beneficiaries?
1,000-100 000
Please select your registration date
01 December 2006 2:00 am
Number of staff 18-40?
Countries covered, or geographic footprint
Nationally, Akili Dada works across 27 counties in Kenya with programmatic reach in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Registration body / Regulator
Non-Governmental Organizations Board

Youth organisation location

Block B, Saachi Plaza along Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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