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Ashoka is the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs with 3,300 Ashoka Fellows spanning over 88 countries. For the past 35 years, Ashoka has been identifying, selecting and supporting leading innovators with systemic solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

We do this by:

Identifying the very best social entrepreneurs and welcoming them as Ashoka Fellows into the global Fellowship.

Providing these social entrepreneurs with finance, access to a suite of professional services and a network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and partners who are committed to supporting them in building a sustainable and impactful organisation.

Supporting them to scale their solution locally, nationally and globally by providing knowledge, best practices and a global network.



Over 1,000 of global Ashoka Fellows are focused on education and the development of young people. Ashoka believes that every young person should be given the opportunity to develop a skill-set that will allow them to unleash the full potential in themselves and be active in changing their world for the better - to be a Changemaker.

Through the Changemaker Schools programme, Ashoka aims to catalyse changes throughout schools and the wider education system so that every young person is provided with an education experience that is explicitly designed to foster essential skills thus allowing all young people to become active Changemakers.



Finally, Ashoka believes in the power of collaboration to create long lasting systemic change. Only by working across sector and breaking down siloes, will we be able to support and scale solutions to our world’s pressing problems. Businesses have the power to drive social change, and at Ashoka, we find the right partners to make that happen. From successful business leaders to visionary corporations, Ashoka is growing a network of like minded people to support the work of our Ashoka Fellows.



Ashoka was launched in Belgium in 2007. We have selected 10 social innovators as Ashoka Fellows, are working with 9 Changemaker Schools and are supported by 18 philanthropic business leaders as part of our Ashoka Support Network. 

For more information about Ashoka in Belgium, have a look at our latest brochure.


In 2016, NGO Advisor has ranked Ashoka among the Top 10 NGOs in the world and is still growing as the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide.

Ashoka in the world


5 years after their election…

  • 94% of the Ashoka Fellows are still growing their innovation

  • 93% have influenced other organisations or seen their work replicated by others

  • 56% have influenced public policies

  • 66% of the Fellows have a leadership role in tipping the sector they have an impact in

  • 72% consider that Ashoka played a signicant role in their development


For more detailed information about Ashoka and our impact in Belgium, have a look at our latest brochure.

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Our Programs



Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship globally over the last 35 years through the search and selection of Ashoka Fellows (social entrepreneurs) in more than 85 countries. Amongst the Fellowship there are two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Since launching in Belgium just under 8 years ago we have elected and supported 10 Fellows who have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. 


 > > Ashoka Fellows in Belgium

 > > Our selection criteria

 > > Ashoka's support to its Fellows



I believe an organisation such Ashoka is really key because you build a network. Ashoka really engages you and gives you the feeling that you are part of a movement that really gives you the energy to go on and that you are not alone

-- Arnoud Raskin, founder of Mobile School, Ashoka Fellow, elected in 2011.




Learning new skills

Building on our experience with social entrepreneurs, we are now working with a growing network of 200 Ashoka Changemaker Schools and other essential stakeholders to rethink the role of education and restructure how our young people grow up so that everyone can become a changemaker.


 > > Discover the CMS around the world

 > > Discover the CMS in Belgium

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The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of successful, innovative leaders from a variety of fields who connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to accelerate positive social change. They support Ashoka financially as well as strategically by offering their time and expertise and opening their networks to Ashoka.

Our strong and committed Belgian Ashoka Support Network go far beyond the role of anonymous donors. At Ashoka Belgium, we work hard on creating a true bond between our ASNs and our Fellows:

In Belgium, we have a support committee called the CODAC, which is recommended and implemented for each new Fellow joining Ashoka. This committee is composed of the Fellow and three to four ASN members committed to supporting and counselling the Fellow. The aim of CODAC is to guide the Fellow in their entrepreneurial track and help them with personal or professional issues to allow them to move forward in the development of their project. Sessions between the ASNs and Fellow are organised at regular time intervals but may include a Senior Fellow or another guest on certain occasions.

Being an ASN member means bringing financial support, skills and a professional network to Fellows. But most of all, to us, it’s a new experience, bringing a touch of freshness and opening a window to an enthusiastic, very different professional world. It gives me access to a very varied network of people, with whom I can share experiences and good practices.

- A Belgian ASN Member -


Are you a business leader?

Join the Ashoka Support Network, a network of experts, entrepreneurs and professionals in support of social entrepreneurs.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how members bring value to and benet from the Ashoka network, and email earene@ashoka.org with any questions about ASN.

Find out more about the ASN here!


Ashoka Belgium conducted from 2013 to 2016 the IMPACT program on a yearly basis, which aim at identifying socially innovative organisations with strong changemaking potential in a specific field, to professionalise them help them to grow and spread their impact.

Learn more about this programme here


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Our Partners

The Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re) is an insurance and reinsurance company founded in Zurich in 1863. As the world's second biggest reinsurance company after Munich re, Swiss Re supports Ashoka in southern countries in the building of innovative health ecosystems. More information here and there

The C&A Foundation and Ashoka have partnered together to improve the safety and accountability of all people in the fashion value chain. Ashoka and C&A are working to tap into this important driver of economic mobility for people worldwide to continue impacting the clothing industry.

The Foundation supports domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic and educational inequities that threaten it and has partnered with Ashoka around the Ashoka Future Forum.

The Whitman Foundation explores how to help people improve their everyday problem solving and decision-making and has supported Ashoka’s Future Forum event.

Forbes and Ashoka have a long-standing media partnership in North, Central, and Latin America. Ashoka publishes business-related stories from an Ashoka lens on its own Forbes’ channel, promoting Ashoka Fellows and other social entrepreneurs in our network.

Jenesis is a private family foundation that brings an entrepreneurial ethos and private sector funding methods including growth capital into the realm of philanthropy. The Jenesis Group helped Ashoka launch its US office in 1999 and continues to provide important financial support for the election and support of US Fellows.