Ashoka Network

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Ashoka Network
Founded atUSA
Purposesocial entrepreneurship support
Region served
Membership (2020)
3500 Ashoka fellows from 92 countries

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.[1]


Since its foundation in 1981, Ashoka Network has spread to 95 countries, employs more than 300 people and engages with +3500 Ashoka Fellows.

Ashoka empowers citizens to contribute to change in positive ways.

Ashoka identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an "everyone a changemaker world."[2]

Purpose of Ashoka Network

Three main focuses of Ashoka are:

  • Social Entrepreneurship: selecting world-class social entrepreneurs
  • Empathy and Young Changemaking: transforming how young people grow, so they can have the power to lead
  • Organising for Changemaking: organising in fluid, open, teams of teams[2]

History of Ashoka Network

Scope of Ashoka Network


Initiatives in numbers

Ashoka Network by countries

Albania Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus
Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland
Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Moldova Montenegro
Netherlands North Macedonia Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine UK

Other countries

Ashoka Network is present in 95 countries on all continents.

Links to key examples

Numbers of people involved, and indirect beneficiaries

Impacts of Ashoka Network

Ecological impacts

Social impacts

Economic impacts

Impacts in other dimensions

Research on Ashoka Network


External links