Fri, Mar 15 2019

The Arab World Social Innovation Forum,

Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

  • About the event

    The 2019 Arab World Social Innovation
    Forum (AWSIF) is a global exchange of
    theories of social change and the first
    high-level international forum on social
    entrepreneurship held in the region
    since the Arab Spring.

    Nearly 10 years ago, Ashoka Arab World
    launched the Arab World Social
    Innovation Forum (2009), the first
    platform of its kind to connect regional
    and global stakeholders in a discussion
    on building the still-nascent field of
    social entrepreneurship in the Middle
    East and North Africa. More than a
    decade later, Ashoka has sourced and
    empowered more than 100 leading
    social entrepreneurs in more than 11
    countries across the MENA region. Our
    social entrepreneurs now belong to a
    robust regional and international
    ecosystem with diverse leaders,
    organizations, and models of social

    However, the growing voices in the field
    can also drown out the conversations that
    are necessary to achieve the next great
    era of social change, which will require
    dismantling the pervasive innovation
    divide between the Global North and
    Global South and reframing the way that
    we raise, empower, and acknowledge
    women changemakers in all corners of the

    Leveraging Ashoka’s position as the
    world’s largest platform for social
    entrepreneurs, AWSIF will convene over
    400 attendees – among them,
    distinguished social entrepreneurs,
    leaders in the business and corporate
    sector, and policymakers and thought
    leaders - from the region and around the
    world in order to ignite the local-to-global
    and global-to-local movement for change,
    and to launch Ashoka’s revolutionary new
    Women’s Initiative for Social

    Why should you sponsor?

    Since its formalization and
    professionalization approximately three
    decades ago, social entrepreneurship has
    gained immense momentum and interest.
    Thirty eight years after founding the field,
    Ashoka has selected and supported more
    than 3,500 social entrepreneurs in 93

    Meanwhile, in academia, the field has
    engendered countless new departments and
    research centers, and in the private sector,
    funds and foundations have invested
    hundreds of millions of dollars in social
    entrepreneurs. Governments and
    businesses the world over are increasingly
    sourcing solutions from social
    entrepreneurs. Indeed, the approaching
    deadline for the United Nation’s Millennium
    Development Goals has positioned social
    entrepreneurship as an innovative and
    effective approach to changing the world.

    However, the true systems-changing
    potential of social entrepreneurship requires
    inclusive global networks and dialogues.The
    Global South and women social
    entrepreneurs all over the world are too
    often disproportionately represented in social
    change structures and conversations, but do
    not have disproportionate solutions to the
    world’s most pressing challenges.

    AWSIF therefore presents a new model and
    an unprecedented step forward: The Forum
    will inclusively source, support, and connect
    the most successful solutions from the
    Global South to the world, and in turn
    source the best innovations from the Global
    North to solve local problems. In parallel,
    the Forum will host a collaborative launch of
    Ashoka's Women's Initiative for Social
    Entrepreneurship: a global program to
    increase the place and power of women in
    the sector, and to systematically redefine
    success in social entrepreneurship with a
    gender lens.


    Ashoka does not seek event sponsors, but instead partners and co-creators who are motivated to address the geographic and gender divides in social innovation and usher in the next great era of social change with inclusive dialogues and collaboration. Partners will play a leading and visible role in building the first international forum on social entrepreneurship held in the region since the Arab Spring, and in launching Ashoka's unprecedented global program, the Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship. 

    Kara Fitzgerald

    Kara Fitzgerald is the Head of Partnerships and Global Relations for the Arab World Social Innovation Forum organized by Ashoka Arab World. At Ashoka's Regional Headquarters for the Middle East and North Africa, Kara is responsible for high-level engagement with major stakeholders to raise Ashoka Arab World’s national and regional profile and for fostering financial and non-financial partnerships across 11countries in the MENA region. 

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  • 251-500 attendees expected

    50% Male Attendees

    50% Female Attendees

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