Imagine a world where everyone is really a changemaker.
If everyone is a changemaker, there’s no way a problem can outrun a solution.
Changemakers scale deep when they change perceptions, behaviors, the way people think, and mindsets. Once you have changed how people think and behave, then they change the way their kids behave and the way their neighbors and friends behave, this creates deep social impact.
Media plays a fundamental role as a tool for changing norms, attitudes and behaviors. Media sets the agenda by presenting the topics we should be caring and reading about, and later by normalizing those topics. You will be able to find in this page changemaking stories, events and reports from Ashoka Arab World.
Ashoka Arab World Stories
Addressing pollution and climate change: a VeryNile idea
Pollution and climate change are pressing issues for humanity but – particularly in the COVID-19 area – it is difficult for nation-states to prioritize and adequately fund environmental protection efforts. Despite these challenges, changemakers are equipped to step in to find creative solutions that...Read more
A Young ChangemakHER story - Rofida Essam increasing access to first aid training
Rofida is one of the winners of the 2019 Young ChangemakHERs Transformative Journey and Competition. She has been actively working on shifting community mindsets in Cairo to raise awareness about the importance of First Aid by increasing people's access to training. Despite the challenges in 2020...Read more
Ashoka Fellow Meher Khelifi journey to break down social insurance barriers: “I want to help every single woman that has no social or health coverage”
Meher Khelifi, newly elected Ashoka Arab World Fellow and founder of Ahmini, shared with us his first reactions to becoming an Ashoka Fellow, the challenges he faced along the way, and his experience pursuing social security coverage for women in rural Tunisia.Read more
Once Upon a Time, There was an Ashoka Fellow…
New Fellow Rana Dajani is the founder of We Love Reading, an initiative aimed at empowering young people as empathetic leaders by encouraging a love of reading and sparking the development of locally run libraries around the world. Read more in this Q&A with Rana herself!Read more
Inside the Innovator: a Q&A with Newly Elected Ashoka Fellow Dan Driscoll
New Fellow Dan Driscoll is the founder and head of Anou, an online platform and cooperative that gives Moroccan artisans full autonomy over selling their products. Curious to learn more about Dan's trajectory and why he's excited to be a Fellow? Read this interview.Read more
Forging Public-Private Collaboration to Preserve Traditional Music in Tunisia
How social enterprises can serve as an example for tackling heritage regenerationRead more
Fellows from Ashoka Arab World and Ashoka Africa Convene for Storytelling Training
In May 2018, Ashoka Arab World convened 11 Fellows from the Arab World and Africa for a training on how to tell their stories of social change.Read more
Hear Ashoka Arab Fellows Describe What the Fellowship Means to Them
In January 2017, Ashoka Arab World convened 10 Fellows for a retreat in Fayoum, Egypt, where they had the opportunity to reflect on their place in the Fellowship Community.Read more
Fellow Abla Al Alfy Launches a Campaign to Reduce Prematurity in Egypt
Ashoka Arab World Fellow Dr. Abla Al Alfy organized the kickoff event of "Ibn al Badry," a year-long campaign to advocate for the reduction of prematurity in Egypt.
WISE Launches at Arab World Social Innovation Forum March 15 in Cairo
The Arab World Social Innovation Forum (awsif.org) is the region's premier platform for gathering an international community of social entrepreneurs and accelerating the local-to-global and global-to-local movement for social change. Leveraging Ashoka’s position as the world’s largest network for...Read more
Ashoka Arab World Events
WISEUp Event Series - Women Initiative For Social Entrepreneurship
Ashoka Arab World
13-15 July, 2020 - 4PM Cairo Time
Ashoka Arab World Articles
How Social Entrepreneurs Can Contribute to Equitable Growth in the Middle East and North Africa
How might social entrepreneurship contribute to a more competitive economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), while promoting sustainable development, social justice and equity? That was a...
Linking the Arabic Awakening to Social Entrepreneurship
It was a great pleasure to host Dr Iman Bibars, Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World, during her visit from Cairo to the UK between the 30th January and the 8th February. An outspoken voice for...