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Mine Ekinci

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2019

Turkey

Mine and the KODA team are building a community of teachers, students, academicians, decision makers and village communities to enhance best-practices for village teachers. They are working to equip the fresh graduate village teachers with tools and knowledge to help them strive as the leaders of...

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Alp Toker

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2019

Turkey

NetBlocks supports citizens and advocacy groups through its real-time internet observatory and tools to track and expose the impact of internet disruptions and outages in times of crisis and emergency. For the first time in the history of the internet, NetBlocks is bringing together a group of...

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Burak Arıkan

Ashoka Fellow since May 2019

Turkey

Burak and Graph Commons develop an open protocol and a decentralized network infrastructure to make civic data interoperable across civil society organizations and projects. In doing so, they are empowering civil society organizations and citizens with a no-cost, user friendly technology to share...

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Zafer Elcik

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Turkey

Despite the improvements in tools to democratize the resources, there has not been a holistic movement in place for the education needs of children with special needs in Turkey. Stuck in a vicious cycle of lack of education and integration, these children and their families often find themselves in...

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Huriye Goncuoglu

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Turkey

Huriye and her team are working with fisherwomen to disrupt the rooted gender roles in the Turkish aquaculture sector. Through trainings, education and advocacy, Huriye is alleviating the marginalization of women in the workforce, protecting coastal ecosystems and empowering women to be changemakers...

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Mesut Keskin

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Turkey

Mesut established E-bursum to build a democratization and digitization movement aiming to make student scholarships and loans more transparent, fair and impactful in Turkey. Mesut is turning a dysfunctional financial instrument in education into an empowerment tool and fundamentally changing the...

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Durukan Dudu

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

Turkey

Rural areas in Turkey are losing their soil productivity to harmful agriculture practices and their population to large urban areas. In response to this Durukan is localizing proven regenerative farming techniques, recruiting teams of local farmers and young individuals to own the production and...

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Mehmet Atakan Foca

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

Turkey

Atakan and Teyit are using the rising wave of misinformation in the reporting and sharing of information in digital and social media channels as an opportunity to enhance digital literacy in Turkey. By creating demand for trustworthy news on the individual user level, they are forming a platform...

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Güney Haştemoğlu established an entirely new field and built capacity of others for crucial interventions that previously did not exist for one of Turkey’s most disadvantaged groups: children and youth in the justice system. In 25 years, she made these invisible, bottom-of-the-pyramid citizens...

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Tanfer Dinler

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

Turkey

Tanfer Dinler has been the driving force in safeguarding the future of Turkey’s agriculture industry and ensuring full economic citizenship in rural population with his beneficiary focused and multi stakeholder insurance policy models. Currently more than 6 million people benefit from his work with...

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