Ashoka East Africa Fellows

Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Economic Development
Shaka Robert is boosting rural economic development by developing a model of professional volunteerism that channels energy and ideas into eradicating poverty.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Economic Development
Benon Sebina is overturning the top-down approach to rural development by stimulating farmers to work together to identify creative solutions that rely on local resources.
Country: Tanzania
Field of Work: Economic Development
Starting in northwestern Tanzania, Joseph Sekiku is improving economic possibilities for small-scale farmers by giving them greater control over their products post-production and greater access to global markets. By doing so he equips farmers to make their own decisions about their business rather than be directed and exploited by middlemen.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Health
Focusing first on infertility, an unaddressed and complex problem in much of Africa, Rita Sembuya is helping citizens to voice their concerns in discussions of how, what, and to whom healthcare services are made available.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Starting with his own Maasai community, Dennis Ole Sonkoi is helping pastoralists recognize and capitalize on the economic value of their livestock and other local resources, thus turning their increasingly threatened way of life into a sustainable source of income.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Environment
Starting in Kenya, Adam Tuller aims to meet the growing demand for fuel that has led to deforestation, through an ambitious tree planting enterprise that draws on the strengths and contributions of science, the citizen sector, and business.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Human Rights
Atuki Turner is reducing gender violence by making it a community problem rather than private one, and then equipping communities to stop it.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Through a model that relies jointly on aggregating production, co-ownership of agricultural businesses, and retooled value chains, Haron Wachira has created a surprising win-win scenario for subsistence farmers and agro-processing businesses in Kenya. This is impressive not only because of the unlikely partnerships formed, but because the agricultural sector in East Africa is chronically mismanaged and poorly coordinated.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Human Rights
Kennedy Wafula is combating the practice of forced female circumcision, which is still prevalent in many parts of Africa. He joins conventional approaches, including community monitoring and awareness efforts, with civil litigation to deliver girls safely to age 18, when they are legally adults and equipped to make decisions about their bodies.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Peter Wahome is developing a new approach to tourism that emphasizes people-to-people contact and provides new sources of livelihood for people and communities engaged in the production of home-based crafts.