Ashoka Southern Africa Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Tim Jenkin has developed a new way to facilitate the exchange of goods and services at the township level without reliance on a formal money and banking system. Taking this Community Exchange System (CES) to marginalized communities, Tim helps stimulate local economies and empowers citizens to participate in the marketplace without getting burdened by huge debts...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development, Environment

Harry Jonas is creating legal instruments called Bio-cultural Community Protocols which are giving indigenous communities control over their natural resources, preserving bio-cultural diversity, and changing the landscape of environmental law. Harry is ensuring that indigenous rights are formally acknowledged globally through these protocols and is building an...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is pioneering a gender-focused regional strategy to guide anti-AIDS efforts in Natal, the region in South Africa most affected by the epidemic. She has founded a comprehensive AIDS research program in the region, which is based on community participation and aimed toward causing preventative changes in behavior patterns. In 1995, Quarraisha was...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

By consolidating and disseminating best practices–from service models to institutional funding strategies–Duke Kaufman is strengthening the response of citizen-led organizations combating AIDS in South Africa.

Country: Botswana
Field of Work: Environment

Nancy is building a legal structure that allows indigenous groups to negotiate legal contracts on access to their biological resources and traditional knowledge. She is also raising citizens' awareness of the legal controversies surrounding resource and knowledge ownership. Ultimately, she is fighting to regulate the use of these assets and struggling to allow...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Veronica Khosa has designed a prototype home-based nursing service that has influenced health care policies nationally and internationally. Her work has changed the lives of many chronically and terminally ill patients in South Africa's Gauteng province.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Environment

Kim Kieser is restoring urban river systems in South Africa in a comprehensive strategy that addresses the causes of river pollution and employs measures to ensure the socioeconomic sustainability of her initiative.

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Economic Development

Marianne Knuth helps rural people to build self-reliance at multiple levels: financial, practical, material, social, psychological, and spiritual.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Environment

Elna Kotze has formed an organization to monitor the impact of current land use, to provide information on alternative sustainable land uses, and to facilitate the creation of "land use forums" to design and implement sustainable land use policies and practices. Using an original land use planning process as her starting point, Elna involves all local...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Basil Kransdorff is addressing the critical problem of malnutrition in Africa and changing the realm of food production and consumption through the introduction of “bio available” food supplements into mainstream African society.