The "Women Powering Work in MENA region" report, spotlights some of the most promising social innovations that address how women in the Middle East and North Africa region can fully participate in and advance economic opportunities that help raise their standard of living, strengthen their families and communities, and contribute to global progress
Insights on the future of innovation from leading changemakers
In 2010, Ashoka Changemakers in partnership with the G-20 and Rockefeller Foundation ran a competition which sourced over 300 of the most innovative ideas in SME finance. This paper examines the major trends from the competition as well as taking an in-depth look at one winner, The Capital Tool Company (CTC), which unlocked new ways of using existing distribution channels to provide lower cost and higher efficiency finance. CTC captures the advantages of both local and large-scale financing approaches, while avoiding the pitfalls of each.
An explosion of innovation in the knowledge realm has driven us closer than at any point in history to a world where everyone has access to the information they need to be effective, change-making citizens. But it also has seeded growing dysfunction. Ashoka’s News & Knowledge program director wonders: How do we accommodate technology and advance user needs while preserving freedom, access, quality, and privacy?
If the key factor of success for a city, community or country is what percentage of the people are changemakers, how can interested individuals and organizations begin to put the pieces in place so that every citizen has the opportunity and support to bring about positive change? Drawing upon the insights of community members from Minnesota - and complemented by social entrepreneurs from across the world - this Discovery Framework explores the subtle approaches needed to unleash many more changemakers.