Mawazo Learning Exchange: 

a professional development platform for African researchers

Welcome to the Mawazo Learning Exchange(MLEx). We provide dedicated training courses for early-career African women in academia and research, as well as a growing library of resources tailored to the African context and available to scholars and academics everywhere.

The Mawazo Learning Exchange is an initiative of the Mawazo Institute.

What We Offer


Comprehensive courses on a variety of skills needed to successfully conduct research, publish findings, cultivate leadership, and encourage policy and public engagement.

Resource Center

A listing of free resources and opportunities, curated with African researchers in mind. Get the tools and resources you need to further your academic journey.


Interact with other academics, learn, exchange resources and ideas. Work together and grow your skills; expand your horizons through our online learning community.

Meet Our 2021 Fellows​

The 2021/22 MLEx Fellowship Programme will run from February 2021 to April 2022.

Who We Are

The Mawazo Learning Exchange is a programme of the Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Our mission is to support the next generation of female scientists and thought leaders in East Africa, and to get policymakers and the general public engaged with their work. Our programmes equip young African women to conduct high quality research on issues affecting the continent’s development, prepare them to launch successful careers in their field, and position them to be thought leaders with influence both within and outside academia. 

You can learn more about the team behind the Mawazo Learning Exchange here

Our Partners

In addition to the individual donors who have donated generously to support Mawazo’s programmes, we would like to thank the following institutional partners who have provided us with funding for the Mawazo Learning Exchange platform.

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