Anil Patil

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015


This profile was prepared when Anil Patil was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
The role of a carer can be defining, especially for poor women and children in developing countries. Caring for their sick and differently abled family members most of their life, they experience a deep sense of isolation and loss of education and livelihood opportunities. Unfortunately, they are only treated as a means to an end of caring better. Anil is reversing this reality in developing countries, by bringing their role to the forefront and catalyzing solutions that address their emotional, social and economic needs along with that of their loved ones.

Anil is creating the research, support structures and policies to create a global field that supports carers. By highlighting research on problems faced by carers and showing them how supporting carers will have a multiplier effect on their impact in communities, he is getting strategic local organizations to prioritize the needs of carers. Through a collaborative and lean approach, he is not only able to co-create localized solutions that support the health and livelihood of carers, but also embed the agenda of carers into their vision in the long term. Parallel to efforts on the ground, Anil is also strengthening the collective voice of carers to advocate for their needs at the community, regional and national level. He is organizing carers into carer associations that can advocate for their rights and also building critical data need to show the economic contribution of carers in the society. Through these efforts, he aims to eventually advocate for state supported, carer allowance and mandatory health check ups among other things.

At the global level, Anil is also playing a strategic role in placing the agenda of carers with large investors and philanthropists. With chronic illnesses and disabilities on the rise, Anil’s role in placing the needs of carers as a mainstream developmental agenda globally is significant.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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