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: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Virginia Mupanduki is building up a broad national organization consisting exclusively of previously illiterate women and using the power of that organization to eradicate illiteracy, teach skills development, and create a political voice for them.

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Economic Development

In the face of Zimbabwe's contracting economy and declining public services, Godfrey Mureriwa is organizing and training young people to find their own solutions and create their own ventures in order to develop sustainable livelihoods.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Nobs is addressing the root causes of child abuse through an “ecological” model focused on primary prevention on four levels – child, family, community and society – in order for every child to grow up in a safe and caring environment.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Nadine Naidoo is reviving the culture of citizen service in South Africa and enabling it to flourish.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Kovin Naidoo is revolutionizing access to eye care and eyeglasses for South Africa’s rural poor through a new economic model that provides benefits to all participants. Providing ultra low-cost eye services and eyeglasses to the rural poor, it also creates a system of sustainable and replicable training and employment of eye care providers and lens manufacturers.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Laurie Nathan, through specialized information gathering and dissemination to as many key decision makers as possible, is building a center that will seek to shape the role the police and military will play in South Africa's future.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Trade unionist Lydia Ngwenya, returning to her rural roots, created the Rural Women's Movement to develop gender consciousness among women, men and youth and to advance issues critical to very poor rural women, including land and water ownership and access, housing, and participation in village decision-making bodies.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Clive Nicholson plans to link appropriate resources to the farming needs of small-scale, commercially oriented, black farmers through the establishment of Farmer Support Centres.

Country: Zambia
Field of Work: Human Rights

Josphat is transforming the justice system in Zambia from a punitive to a restorative paradigm through a multi-stakeholder community approach that combines policy advocacy and programmatic implementation of Community Correction Centres (CCC)-Building Lives for Children in conflict with the law and at Risk. 

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Beka is working with elderly women from rural areas to physically, financially and emotionally empower them in order to help them cope with the responsibilities they face as pillars of support in their in the villages.