Ashoka was launched in Belgium in 2008. Since then we have selected 12 social innovators as Ashoka Fellows, are working with 14 Changemaker Schools and are supported by 15 philanthropic business leaders as part of our Ashoka Support Network.
SUPPORTING LEADING SOCIAL INNOVATORS
They are people that solve society's most pressing problems with their entrepreneurial spirit. They proffer innovative solutions in order to revolutionise an entire sector of society. Social Entrepreneurs stimulate change and prepare our society for the future. They do not view themselves as alternatives to social-welfare programs, but rather as a rejuvenating force within that system.
For the past 35 years, Ashoka has been identifying, selecting and supporting leading innovators with systemic solutions to society’s most pressing problems. We support them by providing these social entrepreneurs with finance, access to a suite of professional services, knowledge and a global network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and partners, who are committed to supporting them in building a sustainable and impactful organisation and to scale their solution locally, nationally and globally.
Social change requires many Changemakers and innovative social entrepreneurs. Through media work, the development of our network and sustained dialogue with those in the political and financial sectors, and along with our partners in civil society, we are able to build the necessary infrastructure to solve our problem together.
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 educational 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 silos, 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 is the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs with 3,300 Ashoka Fellows spanning over 88 countries. 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.
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 significant role in their development
For more detailed information about Ashoka and our impact in Belgium, have a look at our latest brochure.