Founded and managed by Lelapa, the Women in African Investments (WAI) Group is an active network of over 160 women investment professionals who work towards a more equitable distribution of investment capital on the continent. It is a crucial source of both moral support and strategic connections for first-time and emerging fund managers. The WAI group helps development finance institutions to identify diverse fund managers and to build relationships with them. For development agencies and foundations, the WAI Group helps deepen their understanding of the levers of change that can be pulled to boost the number of women fund managers in Africa.
Based on the change we have seen over the past four years, we are convinced that networks like WAI will improve the odds of success for women fund managers entering the market today. With the aim of inspiring similar networks in other markets and sparking collaborations, this Impact Report showcases the WAI Group and illustrates the perceptions and experiences of its members. It also features some of the game-changing market interventions led by WAI members.
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