About Ashoka Bangladesh

Ashoka Bangladesh was launched in 1987 when we began supporting system change social entrepreneurs in the country, as Ashoka Fellows. To date, we have supported more than 90 men and women with creative new approaches for solving social problems and connected them into a dynamic peer network to help them grow their ideas and impact.

Today Ashoka is the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs and ranks among the top 5 NGOs of the world.

Impacting millions of people and communities through their work, our Fellows include people like agriculture development activist  Shykh Seraj, human rights defender Shahidul Islam Chowdhury (Uttaran), Philip Gain (SEHD) and Salma Ali (BNWLA).  Working in socio-economic upliftment, people like Humaira Islam (Shakti Foundation) and Prof. Hosne Ara Begum (TMSS), author and activist of the rural ultra poor Runa Khan (Friendship NGO), among several others.

Currently, we have over 70+ Ashoka Fellows in wide-ranging fields such as farming, education, human rights, finance, local media, and women and youth empowerment, across Bangladesh. Our Global Academy members include Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank) and World Food Prize Awardee Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (BRAC) from Bangladesh

Ashoka Bangladesh functions as a collaborative network that supports and amplifies change by bringing together these changemakers.

In the course of our work, having witnessed the changing patterns in society over close to three decades, and the way our problems are increasing at a pace faster than we can solve them, we have realized that to truly make things better for everyone we need to head towards a world where everyone is a changemaker. And just like social entrepreneurs, the world needs everyone to start practising skills like empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving.

In the last couple of years, Ashoka has also worked closely with organisations like BRAC, Friendship, Toru, DNet and others to launch initiatives like the BRAC University Empathy Lab and the Frugal Innovation Forum on 'Scaling Opportunities for Youth.'

To this end, we believe that changemaking has to start young, and through our programs like Venture and Fellowship and #LeadYoung we find, develop, and support young changemakers, enabling them to be role models in their communities, and give them the skills to thrive in our changing world.

 

Our Programs

Ashoka Young Changemakers

Ashoka Young Changemakers is a global network of powerful young people who are creating an Everyone A Changemaker world.
Read more

Ashoka LeadYoung

LeadYoung is a storytelling initiative that aims to demonstrate the power of a young person who has identified a problem, formed and led a team, and created a solution. These stories help everyone see the new reality — that everything is changing, and this requires redefining what "growing up" means...
Read more

Ashoka Venture and Fellowship

For more than 35 years, Ashoka has built and nurtured the largest network of leading social entrepreneurs in the world. After a rigorous selection process, they are introduced to a life-long fellowship, where every member is committed to championing new patterns of social good. We encourage Ashoka...
Read more

International Staff

Contact

Ashoka Bangladesh

Address:

Ashoka Bangladesh
Currently we don't have a local
office in Bangladesh. Please
email us to set up a meeting. -
Bangladesh