Ashoka Sahel 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: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Health

Although African plants used in traditional remedies have many beneficial and healing properties, they are often perceived as obscure and excluded from modern healthcare. Dr. Pando Zéphirin Dakuyo is bringing traditional African medicine out of the shadows by applying the same rigorous standards to it that are applied to modern medicines, organizing the industry...

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Human Rights

Ini Damien (Burkina Faso 1997) is working to improve the situation of women in Burkina Faso and to conquer the socio-cultural resistances which can threaten the sustainability of these changes, through a harmonious use of both cultural traditions and plans for change. Her work will extend to the surrounding countries, where the same people and languages are present....

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Aminata Diallo is pioneering support and prevention services for teenage pregnancy in southwest Burkina Faso, encouraging young pregnant girls to remain in school despite long-standing cultural traditions that exclude them from educational opportunities. Her work persuades school, village and government leaders to abandon historical prejudices and offers young girls...

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Environment

Ibrahima Sory Diallo is strengthening safeguards in mining laws, curbing environmental abuses, and mobilizing civil society to regulate Senegal’s growing mining industry. His goal is to remediate and protect groundwater and safeguard the health of local populations in mining areas. Since Senegal has no experience regulating the modern mining industry, Ibrahima believes...

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Health

Over the past 30 years, Abdoulaye Diaw has built a critical bridge between individuals affected by sickle cell anemia and medical specialists, researchers, and state health authorities in order to mitigate the effects of this incurable disease in Senegal and West Africa.

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Economic Development

Aminata Dièye is giving marginalized young women an economic boost by providing them with skills to enter into traditionally male-dominated trades. She is helping break down gender stereotypes, change community attitudes, and spread workforce empowerment to women throughout Senegal.

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Economic Development

Boubacar Doumbia has adapted traditional production techniques for textiles to create a system of apprenticeship that incorporates youth into professional society. After training and working with other young apprentices, youth are better able to independently produce and make decisions. Boubacar is creating employment by facilitating youth to become entrepreneurs.

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Environment

Haidar El Ali has created the Oceanium, a working center in Senegal for the protection of ocean and underwater resources. Haidar's approach is to advocate the sustainable management of fishing resources through the creation of several marine parks that ensure the protection of species and resources through biological rest.

Country: Gambia
Field of Work: Human Rights

Alpha Fall and Ashoka Fellow Julia Harrington are working to strengthen and enforce international law in the Gambia and across Africa by training human rights and development organizations to monitor abuses and implement regional human rights agreements.

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Awa Fall-Diop is fighting discriminatory gender stereotypes in Senegal's education system by introducing curriculum and textbooks that portray women more often and in a greater diversity of roles.