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: Civic Engagement

Jacob Moatshe (South Africa 1998) has created a series of civic institutions and related partnerships that began serving a population of thirty thousand and has expanded to cover 2.5 million inhabitants. Now Jacob is taking the next step, using the breadth and knowledge that these institutions and relationships afford to identify and promote the key policy initiatives...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Human Rights

Sayed Iqbal Mohamed is showing how poor people can organize to protect their housing interests locally, and is planning to seize the country's current openness as an opportunity to press for fundamental changes in national housing policy.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Sanku Molaoli is launching the first community-based residential recovery center and prevention program for young alcoholics and substance abusers in Johannesburg's black township of Soweto.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Beverley Moodie is training disadvantaged, unemployed South Africans to start their own small business ventures. Her approach has so far led to the creation of more than a thousand new businesses in fields as diverse as fence making, candle manufacture, gardening, and tour guide services.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Human Rights

Former game ranger and peace worker, Iain is tackling social intolerance by demonstrating how human rights values can inform the daily lives of individuals and communities.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Human Rights

Mmatshilo Motsei has established the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training program (ADAPT), a clinic-based program that trains health care and social workers in accurate detection and appropriate interventions for survivors of gender violence. Following the first democratic elections in South Africa, Mmatshilo was appointed a national advisor to the...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

A teacher and a teacher trainer, Cynthia Mpati is addressing the massive shortage of qualified teachers in rural black South Africa. She has developed a teacher training program to upgrade teachers' skills and to improve the quality of education. The program has the potential to become a model throughout the South African educational system.

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Environment

Working in arid and semiarid regions of Zimbabwe, Osmond Mugweni encourages livestock farmers to adopt a collective land management system to improve productivity and halt desertification.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Trevor works with students, teachers and parents to create sustainably clean schools in South African townships. Of course, cleanliness alone is not his goal; it is a carefully chosen starting point for reviving a culture of civic involvement among people who have become disengaged from public life.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

The accumulated savings of co-operative societies, an indigenous type of credit union, are estimated to be equal to the assets of one of the largest banks in South Africa. Sam Muofhe has developed a way to aggregate and reinvest the wealth of these societies so that they will bring dramatically increased benefits to the black community.