Ashoka East Africa Blog

Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Fri, March 23, 2012
Fellow James Nguo’s organization, the Kenyan Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), is a co-winner of the 2012 edition of the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication. ALIN will share the US$ 20,000 Prize which recognizes meritorious and innovative...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Thu, March 15, 2012
Born and raised in the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya, where not many young girls went beyond primary school, Peris knew from a young age that she would be different. Determined to be a role model for other young girls, she informally taught...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, March 7, 2012
As the rains finally move in ending the six-month drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, we ought not forget that a wider crisis continues as nearly 15 million people in the region remain without enough food. Something needs to be done to ensure...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Mon, March 5, 2012
  Watch this cool new video to learn more about what makes a successful Ashoka Fellow. Then, visit www.ashoka.org/nominate to nominate yourself or someone you know. If you have additional questions, contact Nassir Katuramu at nkaturamu@ashoka....
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Thu, February 23, 2012
by Jenny Jin, Ashoka East Africa Youth Venture Design Consultant.   I’ve been intrigued by Fab Lab Kenya’s work ever since I heard them present at Barcamp Nairobi in 2010 on their vision:  People shouldn’t need a 4 year engineering...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Tue, February 21, 2012
 Last week three Ashoka Fellows logged on to Twitter to join a global chat facilitated by Ashoka India (@AshokaIndia) and Ashoka East Africa (@AshokaEA).  Using the common hashtag #SocEntImpact, Fellows from India, Tanzania, and...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Tue, February 21, 2012
I am a bit of an extreme sports junkie and absolutely love trekking, and to attach it to a good cause makes the adventure that more grand. Next month, the United Nations will bring one representative from each of the 54 African countries to climb...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Thu, February 9, 2012
Issue of health in Africa is intertwined with a myriad of factors hindering access to proper healthcare for millions of the population.  When speaking of health what comes to mind are issues of nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Infant Mortality,...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Mon, February 6, 2012
 We hope you enjoy this video from our archives. Recorded back in October 2010 when Ashoka Fellow Daivd Kuria of Ecotact set a world record on World Hand Washing Day 2010.  That day also marked the official launch of Kenya's first...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, February 1, 2012
Famine is a recurring problem in East Africa and unfortunately, the situation appears to be getting worse, especially with the effects of climate change.   The most serious food insecurity situation in the world is currently gripping the Horn...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Fri, January 27, 2012
(Runners at Mumbai Marathon, 2011. Picture courtesy Flickr user through my eyes only) “For me, Social Entrepreneurship in India and Kenya is exemplified by this picture. We are all on the same track. Even though the two countries have significant...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, January 25, 2012
Ashoka East Africa welcomes five new Fellows to its East Africa Fellowship. Ashoka is a global association that identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. In East Africa, Ashoka supports Early Launch Fellows who are in the...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, January 18, 2012
  The SEED Initiative is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, December 14, 2011
  On my way to work last week, I heard a BBC report claiming that Africa is the most optimistic continent.  A recent global opinion pool had apparently been conducted, and, when a wide swath of the population was asked about their own and...
Submitted by Simon Stumpf on Wed, December 7, 2011
Someone snapped this photo after a recent meeting wrapped up in the Ashoka East Africa office. What struck me in looking at it is how global the group is!  From left to right:  me, Kenya-based, American-born, talking on the phone, ...