About Ashoka Southern Africa

Ashoka’s Southern Africa program was launched in 1990 as the cornerstone of Ashoka’s work in Africa. Our first and longest running program in Africa to date gathers more than 130 Fellows - the largest Ashoka fellowship in the continent - from Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our office has a firm footing in the region and is well poised to continue building communities of innovators and fostering social change. We have been driving a new vision for the citizen sector in Africa by identifying and investing in local social entrepreneurs with new ideas for systematic social change. These innovators are elected as Ashoka Fellows, given financial and professional support, and gain access to a global network of like-minded peers. Ashoka Fellows in Southern Africa are empowering people to create their own economic and civic opportunities, addressing the pandemic of HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, introducing more effective education systems, struggling for the advancement of human rights, protecting the environment and natural resources, and resolving conflict.