Along the curves and bumps in live’s journey, having a mentor to se you through the path till you get to the finish line is necessary. Undeniably, men are good mentors too but women are found to be the most common and earliest mentors in our lives. From our mothers to sisters, class teachers, colleagues, friends and extended family members.

Michael Jordan affirms

My mother is mum root, my foundation. She founded the seed on which I base my life on, and that is the ability to achieve starts in your mind.

It is difficult to set children aside from women. This because we are created with a natural ability to nurture and care. This is one of the more reasons why you are beautiful too.

Mrs Graça Machel, the widow of the first black South African president and renowned anti-apartheid revolutionary leader, Nelson Mandela has been recognised for her leadership of the Graça Machel Trust, a Pan-African advocacy organisation focused on child health and nutrition, education, women’s economic and financial empowerment, leadership and good governance. The 2018 prize is awarded to her for her significant social justice achievements and tireless work on behalf of women and children.  The World Prize for Integrated Development and its €20,000 purse will be awarded to Machel on the 12th of September at the South African Innovation Summit where the best of African and global innovators will showcase their exceptional talents, innovations and ideas.


Lindsay Falvey, Chair of the World Prize Selection Panel. reveals “Graça Machel is a remarkable human being and an outstanding example of the impact of integration in international development.”

NIRAS sponsors the World Prize, which is an accolade for outstanding contributions in the field of international development accorded to an individual or organisation exemplifying an integrated approach in the field. Mrs Machel is the second esteemed Laureate, following in the footsteps of the late Dr Hans Rosling, founder of Gapminder.



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