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    Tracey is economically empowering the most marginalised unemployed mothers and fathers in township communities of South Africa. Using excess stock from retail companies, she creates a fluent supply of merchandise which she merges with a holistic program that focuses on creating self-reliance as a fundamental component for lifelong income generation. In doing so, she enables the unemployed to emerge successfully from a life of poverty.

    Shailabh has created the first mutual health insurance model in India that is community owned and led, thus giving them control to take care of their health more proactively.

    Announcing the Final Winners of Challenging Norms, Powering Economies

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    Arlington, VA -- Ashoka, Open Society Foundations and UN Women are very pleased to announce the four women’s organizations from Af

    Wala Kasmi - YouthDecides

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    Wala Kasmi has helped open the political system for young Tunisians. She is also enabling them to turn their skills as digital natives into jobs and prosperity. Both strengthen democracy in Tunisia—rare in the region—and lessen radicalization.

    Mabel Torres - BIOINNOVA

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    Microbiologist Mabel Torres grew up in one of Colombia’s poorest regions and returned to combine science and entrepreneurship and launch a growing

    Fast Company: Investing in Post-Conflict Startups to Save the World

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    Last week, Fast Company published an article on the importance of investing in post-conflict zones to kick-start the local economy, foster entrepreneurship, and reduce the chances of a relapse. As the article states:

    A Starfish Saved

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    A little over half way through the Young Champion program and it seems I’ve already received my blessings. Though the reasons that brought me back to Ethiopia were not the most desirable, my time here has proven more invaluable than I had ever dreamed. Flying to India, I recall preparing my mind for whatever awaited. I wanted to remove any preconceived notions so I could take in the reality of !ncredible India. I’m now certain that it was this mind state that made the transition that much easier.

    In Spain, Social Entrepreneurship is Finding Strength

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    On Friday, October 21, 2011 Bill Drayton joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Bill and Melinda Gates, and the World Health Organization in receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The award, referred to as the Spanish Nobel, is an annual recognition of one person or organization for a global contribution to humankind.

    As Drayton arrived in Spain for the award ceremony, there was a surge of media coverage and events focused on social entrepreneurship.

    Sympathy: Simply Ineffective or Actually Harmful?

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    Editor's Note: Ashoka imagines a world where education is truly transformational, where every child has mastered empathy—and would like to work