Preparing African Women for Careers & Leadership

About the Project

The Akilah Institute is a college in East Africa that connects young women to economic opportunity. Akilah works closely with partners in government, civil society, and the private sector to deliver a market-relevant education that prepares graduates to move directly into professional careers and leadership roles. Akilah focuses on three of the fastest-growing industries in East Africa today: business management and entrepreneurship, hospitality management, and information systems. 88% of graduates are employed within six months of graduating and earn 12x the national median income. 

As East Africa’s pre-eminent higher education institution for women, Akilah graduates have launched careers in finance, clean energy, eco-tourism, agribusiness, conservation, technology, and more. The Akilah experience combines the Davis academic model with an intensive focus on women’s leadership.

Davis College educates future leaders to champion opportunity and sustainability in solving the world’s most pressing challenges. We offer an academic experience for students who are unafraid to challenge the status quo and passionately pursue innovative ideas. The Davis College model is a unique hybrid of a liberal arts education with applied and technical curricula, combining competency-based academic programs with a customized, data-driven learning model to actualize practical experience and equip students with the tools needed to thrive in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.


April 24, 2019 (last update 01-10-2021)