ASHOKA is the largest platform for social entrepreneurs in the world, supporting nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs – elected as Ashoka Fellows – in 70+ countries worldwide.
Ashoka Arab World (AAW), launched in 2003, is the regional branch of Ashoka. We have identified and elected more than 80 of the region’s leading social entrepreneurs in 10 Arab countries. The social entrepreneurs Ashoka elects become Ashoka Fellows for life.
“Whenever society is stuck or has an opportunity to seize a new opportunity, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern all across society. We need such entrepreneurial leadership at least as much in education and human rights as we do in communications and hotels. This is the work of social entrepreneurs.”
Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka
EACH ARAB is the blogging site for Ashoka Arab World, an online space and platform for Arab changemakers and a hub for all things social entrepreneurship in the region.
Ashoka Arab World effects positive social and environmental change through supporting our Fellows, building the infrastructure of the social sector, encouraging cooperation between private, social and public sectors, and promoting our vision of an Everyone a Changemaker™ world.
Through our Fellows and our work in the region over the last decade, we have a unique and deep understanding of Arab societies, cultures and economies and we know how to identify and support the innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors that solve the most pressing challenges in the region. This understanding is gained through our dedication to and experience of supporting local people with local solutions to local problems.