Supporting Social Entrepreneurs in Southern, East and North Africa. This program aims to reduce poverty and contribute to greater economic inclusion of vulnerable populations through social entrepreneurship.
Inspired by the learnings of the Program “Promoting Social Entrepreneurship” in Latin America, Ashoka, Lefil Consulting and the Swiss Development Corporation have come together to support and accelerate the emergence and growth of social entrepreneurship in Africa. This led to the ideation of the SEA-Change Program, which aims at supporting social entrepreneurs leading the charge for solutions to Africa’s most pressing challenges, from agriculture, to education.
The program adopts a holistic and integrated approach to identify, develop, grow, and multiply the impact of social enterprises in the region, throughout their lifecycle, supporting them in their evolution from promising, emerging innovators, to successful ventures having large-scale, if not systemic impact in their field.
The most important activities under this program are:
Selecting New Ashoka Fellows across Southern, Eastern and North Africa. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are pioneering new ideas to alleviate poverty and increase income amongst some of the most vulnerable communities;