Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Ashoka has provided stipends, professional support services, and connections to a global network for more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs - elected as Ashoka Fellows - in over 90 countries. Ashoka is the professional home for entrepreneurial individuals from both the business and private sector, a platform for the growing global network of people dedicated to creating systemic social change.
Since its inception in 2003 and from its offices in Cairo, AAW has pioneered and been the platform for social entrepreneurship across the Arab region, identifying and electing more than 100 of the region’s leading social entrepreneurs across 11 countries. Click here to view all of Ashoka Arab World’s elected Fellows.
Through the Fellowship Program, AAW supports and empowers its fellows by providing a range of services and access to a global peer network aimed at maximizing their impact. For information about the Fellowship Selection Process and Criteria, please click here.
Ashoka Fellows are some of the world’s top leaders of social innovation. However, Ashoka’s vision is to create a world where every young person grows to become a changemaker, capable of taking creative action to solve a social problem; a world where the development of young changemakers and the practice of changemaking are the norm. To build this Everyone a Changemaker World, we have to transform the way in which we raise our young people and the way we work in and between organizations. For this reason, beyond selecting and empowering a network of social entrepreneurs with systemic impact, we work together with them and other co-creators to shift the paradigm toward a world of changemakers, where every child masters empathy, every adolescent self-identifies as a changemaker, and every organization functions as a system of team-of-teams. More information about our work in the region to build this framework change and positively affect marginalized social groups across the Arab world can be found here.
Ashoka Venture and Fellowship
Ashoka searches the world to select and empower leading social entrepreneurs who are providing innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems, whether human, environmental, or economic. Our Fellows are visionary and forceful changemakers with new, systems-changing ideas to address all areas of human need.
Ashoka Arab World nominates at least six of these social entrepreneurs every year to be a part of the global Ashoka Fellowship network. As Fellows, social entrepreneurs receive stipends, professional support services, and access to a global network in order to elevate their impact and accelerate change. Since its founding in 2003, Ashoka Arab World has elected more than 100 Fellows based in 11 countries across the Middle East and North Africa region and creating systemic change across a diversity of social sectors.
Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship
Ashoka’s Women’s Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship (WISE) is a global movement that aims to identify and address the gender-specific challenges that impede women and girls in all stages of life from becoming innovators and changemakers. Through WISE, Ashoka seeks to elevate the number, knowledge, and power of women in social entrepreneurship by uncovering the obstacles women innovators face and using these insights to shift the paradigm of success in social entrepreneurship to recognize and advance female changemakers.
Youth Engagement: Creating an Everyone a Changemaker World
Ashoka Young Changemakers around the world form a network of youth who have already committed themselves to creating positive change and are ready to step up as allies in Ashoka’s movement to create an Everyone a Changemaker (EACH) world. These are young individuals under 20 taken the step to build teams and launch initiatives to create social impact in their communities, distinguishing themselves as driven and passionate young leaders.
In an effort to instill changemaking values across the Middle East and North Africa region and advance young women innovators as part of Ashoka’s WISE, Ashoka Arab World recently launched a Young ChangemakHERS Transformative Journey to expose young women leaders in Egypt to the influential players in the region’s social entrepreneurship ecosystem and create a platform to amplify their voices and ideas for social changes. Ashoka Arab World is now leveraging the momentum around this movement to identify young leaders ready to co-lead the movement to create an EACH society in the region.