Duke Kaufman

Ashoka Fellow
South Africa,
Fellow Since 2002
The Topsy Foundation


This profile was prepared when Duke Kaufman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Duke has developed a set of coordinated responses to the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. A centerpiece of his strategy is a sustainable, community-run "Sanctuary" that offers a home and a comprehensive range of services like food, clothing, and medical care for children whose parents have died of AIDS. By replicating his sanctuary model and by identifying and disseminating the best practices of the citizen sector, he is enabling an effective, coordinated, sustainable response to the AIDS epidemic. A part of his model for which he sees an especially broad application is the resource mobilization component, which includes in-kind and for-profit initiatives and engages businesses and citizens in addressing the spectrum of AIDS-related problems.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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