Before ASPIRe we had not considered a globally scalable solution that would pertain to our mission, but now we have the tools and support to think about it.
Antarang Foundation | Youth Development | India
Priya is taking at-risk children - school dropouts or potential dropouts in urban slum communities, juveniles in conflict with the law and those engaged in the informal, exploitative sector - through a transformative journey that enables them to articulate their desired career paths, set goals and chart a realistic course of action. Her work is ensuring that children from this underprepared space who would otherwise not even be able to consider formal employment options get an opportunity to do so. Through her organization, Priya is breaking stereotypes around job opportunities for children from low-income backgrounds, moving them from exploitative workspaces and preparing them for the growing organized sector in India. The foundation has managed to impact the lives of more than 82000 students through CareerReady and CareerAware.
Healing Fields Foundation | Health Education | India
As a founder of Healing Fields Foundation, Mukteshwari Bosco (Mukti) has utilized her profound understanding of rural communities and their need to develop a series of community-driven innovations in health, in India. Healing Fields launched a micro health insurance program at a time when the majority of Indians were not insured, leading to its national and international recognition.
The lessons learnt, led to the germination of another highly impactful program, the Community Health Entrepreneur Program. The model is grounded in empowering women as health agents of change to create health awareness in rural communities. Based on the feedback from the participants, the program has expanded to bringing health products and services to last-mile communities while creating livelihoods for the health agents. Today, this preventative health education program reaches over 6 million families in India.
Mukti’s passion for community empowerment helps her to see every new challenge as an opportunity for new learning and growth while mentoring and inspiring those around her. Her aspiration is to empower women with digital tools to amplify access and hold health systems accountable in order to achieve the well-being of 300 million marginalised people in India by 2030.
Reap Benefit | Youth Development | India
To create an environmentally aware and active generation, Kuldeep is designing and promoting hands-on and participatory learning about environmental issues. He takes children through a cycle of “why” (a problem exists), “how” (to create a solution), and “what” (are the expected outcomes and what needs to be done to achieve them). The children learn to co-create among themselves—as well as with adults—on a wide range of solutions, from simple actions such as fixing leaking taps to more ambitious projects, like creating biogas plants for their school. Reap Benefit has contributed to the creation of 337 civic innovations, which some of them have saved 4,60,00,000 litres of water and diverted 6,65,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.
Gold Youth Development Agency and gold Enterprises | Education & Learning| South Africa
Gold Youth Development Agency and gold Enterprises | Education & Learning| South Africa
Susannah created Generations of Leaders Discovered (GOLD) to develop social capital in African youth. By employing a structured three-year curriculum, GOLD trains and educates potential young leaders and role models in schools and communities who educate, guide and mentor their peers. These young leaders urge their peers to adopt a positive way of thinking about their lives and encouraging their peers to overcome the social challenges they face. It is an evidence-based youth peer education model which has reached over 71,000 young people in 123 communities in 4 countries and seen concrete results in social behaviour change, education and job creation.
SEEDS | Climate Change | India
Dr Manu Gupta, Co-Founder of SEEDS, believes that every community has the right to dignity, well-being and control over their own lives. As a child, Manu exhibited a love for fixing problems in the field seeing his father, an engineer. His mother, a geography teacher, nurtured his interest in the natural environment.
Through his organization, he empowers local communities to be better prepared for natural disasters and recuperate from them. He bridges the needs and concerns of people affected by disasters with national and international governments to create effective policies towards mitigation, relief, recovery and reconstruction. His approaches are inspired by indigenous traditional knowledge. To date, SEEDS has assisted over 3 million people helping prevent losses, and rebuilding lives and assets. It has rebuilt over 100 schools and assisted in rebuilding 45,000 houses in South Asia.
Manu is now focused to scale its mission of a community-owned disaster management approach from Asia-Pacific, globally. SEEDS’ 2030 strategy is to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of the bottom 1% of families - the 15 million men, women and children suffering losses from floods, cyclones and extreme heat reducing losses by 90 % in the most climate-vulnerable 151 districts of India.
Touché | Social Insertion | Belgium
Working closely with inmates as a clinical psychologist, Marjan realized how limited their opportunities for change were. To ensure her efforts would work, she involved prison workers, welfare institutions, artists, athletes, journalists, lawyers, politicians and founded Touché.
Marjan and her organization, Touché, seek to inspire society to deal with aggression in a constructive way and work with people who are vulnerable because of it. Touché (re-)integrates people with aggression-related problems creating opportunities for them to co-create their own and each other’s solutions together. They create new roles for (ex-)prisoners and shaped a favourable and inclusive perception of (ex-) prisoners at the same time. By transforming aggression into a positive force, the number of violent incidents decreases, and the number of successful re-integration increases.
Touché is now building a societal platform to translate anger into untapped energy that can be redirected and utilized in a positive manner. The mission is to catalyse daily positive aggressive choices globally, to see as many people as possible in different parts of the world being more positive and hopeful, seizing opportunities, pursuing equality, finding solutions to their problems, and being more empathic towards each other, especially to those who make us angry. By redefining, sharing and distributing positive aggressive management practices, we change the relationship we all have with anger and the way we interact with each other in and around tense situations.
Video Volunteers | Journalism | India
Jessica sees marginalized communities not only as recipients of information but also as active creators of content. As local people have been subject to discrimination and have a firsthand perspective, she believes they are uniquely suited to be innate correspondents. Being a reporter also improves livelihood opportunities. By utilizing the skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change-making; Jessica is tapping into the unique potential of marginalized citizens and pushing them to go beyond their own stories to become the voices of their communities. Video Volunteers has involved 249 correspondents and generated more than 6291 videos.
Paso Pacifico | Biodiversity | USA
Sarah is a conservation scientist working to rebuild forests and protect endangered wildlife in the tropical dry forests and coastal wetlands of Central America. Her firsthand experience as a young researcher in Nicaragua had a profound impact, convincing her that nature protection must come with opportunities for local people and respect for their culture. This led her to launch Paso Pacifico 15 years ago. Over this time, the organization has effectively averted the local extinction of several species while also building an ethos of nature stewardship within local communities.
Today, the climate emergency is upending progress in biodiversity conservation while also threatening the security and well-being of humans. This situation keeps Sarah awake at night.
Thus, her current ambition is to elevate traditional forestry knowledge and tools of indigenous and peasant farmers through a technological platform. Her hope is finding ways in which technology and platform thinking will give agency and dignity to people through forest restoration while also reducing greenhouse gases and increasing biodiversity
Pravah | Education | India
Ashraf's organization ComMutiny works on building leadership for social change with young people by creating vibrant ecosystems and youth-centric spaces. It focuses on transforming young people by engaging them in deep self-exploration and supporting their social action experiments to become changemakers and awakened active citizens (Jagriks) of their communities, their nations, the planet and the larger Universe. This helps nurture social inclusion, holistic development and fosters social hope by promoting feelings of freedom, ownership, love and learning and growth.
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Naireeta Services Private Limited | Agriculture | India
Biplab has created an irrigation system to address water shortage and land dryness by reintroducing the technology of Bhungroo (meaning straw in Gujarat). This concept does not warrant famers to do any upfront payments, instead, they agree to a five-year contract where they can repay the service of waterlogging and irrigation with their crop production. This project is largely used and run by women. 132 units of Bhungroo emancipated more than 6100 farmers from yearly migration to cities, as a result, they regained their land, many for the first time after India’s independence.
EnAble India | Disability | India
Shanti is employing a business-school approach to disabled employee training that emphasizes problem-solving, team building, and other soft skills. She shares these new methodologies with other training organizations and uses them as a tool to professionalize and pool trained candidates for strategic job opportunities that she identifies. Rather than answering individual job advertisements, Shanti uses her high-level contacts to conduct corporation-wide assessments in order to identify strategic areas to which she can introduce disabled employees. She then shares her diagnostic approach and results with other organizations that train the disabled and encourages them to approach companies in a similar manner.
BOP Hub | Poverty alleviation | Singapore
Jack’s formidable strategic question is how to transform the dysfunctional market for sanitation into a full, dynamic & beneficial one. The key is to stimulate demand for better toilets, there is an actual need for: “first toilets” among people without any access to proper sanitation; better toilet facilities in urban areas worldwide; and for capital to expand existing services. Jack is now shifting his attention and energy to generating mass-production of sanitation products for low-income groups. He reckons that although poor people cannot afford expensive toilets, their numbers are large enough to command well-designed products at low prices: two and a half billion people mean that more than 500 million toilets need to be supplied.
Karo Sambhav | Waste Management | India
By bringing together industry associations, municipal corporations, NGOs, informal sector waste pickers, collectors, citizens and responsible recyclers, Pranshu is creating a value chain of stakeholders that can meaningfully and successfully shift perceptions and the management of e-waste. By integrating existing informal practices into legitimate, systemic and transparent channels, Pranshu is constructing a much-needed framework for governments and multilateral organisations (such as the World Bank) to replicate this model and to take it to other countries. In 2017, Karo Sambhav through its transparent system of recycling has been able to keep 300,000 kg of e-waste out of landfills and into formal recycling channels.
Specialisterne Foundation | Disability | Denmark
Thorkil Sonne founded Specialisterne after his young son was diagnosed with autism. The family had to address several difficult questions and the answers would not only prove valuable for Thorkil’s son, but also the millions of people on the autism spectrum across the world.
When realizing the impact could benefit beyond autism, he founded the not-for-profit Specialisterne Foundation to enable inclusive employment for one million neurodivergent people across the world through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset. Thorkil and his teams have established a proven track record of inclusive employment.
Thorkil's ambitious vision is to restore agency at scale for neurodivergent citizens by leveraging platform thinking and technology, to educate volunteers and professionals in neurodiversity inclusion to catalyse decent work and economic growth in communities across the world.
Health in Harmony | Natural Resource Management & Health | Indonesia
Kinari has introduced a program that combines healthcare, medical training, environmental conservation and education; to improve people’s health as well as the state of the environment. Through her organization, people living in the buffer zone around the Gunung Palung National Park may access affordable high-quality healthcare in return for serving as defenders of the rainforest. For example, Villages with fewer illegal-logging cases receive a 70 per cent discount on health services. Her program has received 9,000 patients in 2018 and has allowed for a 67% decline in infant mortality. Environmental wise, Borneo’s Gunung Palung rainforest contains the equivalent of 14 years of San Francisco’s CO2 emissions thanks to the tree plantation and caring program from Health in Harmony.