Driving Social and Economic Transformation

The Graça Machel Trust has established a flagship initiative, Women Advancing Africa (WAA) to showcase women’s contributions and leadership in tackling the development challenges of Africa. Using the Trust’s convening power, the WAA Forum will bring together women in business, leaders in government, the private sector, philanthropy, academia, civil society, as well as global thought leaders and influencers for focused discussions on a range of pertinent issues to accelerate the economic advancement of African women and the social and economic transformation of Africa in concrete and measurable ways.

The WAA Forum has been designed to offer participants a multi-dimensional interactive platform that seeks to build solidarity, create spaces for shared experiences and importantly catalyze the action needed to unlock Africa’s economic potential.


A multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral approach to convene, connect and catalyze action


Four days of interactive sessions organised around three core tracks:

Financial Inclusion – Market Access - Social Change