Dates of Project: September 2011 through June 2012
Field of Work: Identifying innovative, replicable health care programs
Problem Synopsis: Changemakers, an initiative of Ashoka, an Arlington, Va.-based global association of social entrepreneurs, aims to “grow” innovative ideas by promoting replicable health care models and fostering collaboration.
Synopsis of the Work: Ashoka sponsored a worldwide online competition to draw attention to entrepreneurial ideas in developing countries that can be replicated in the United States. The competition drew 373 entries from 66 countries. Ashoka staff identified and partnered with 14 organizations with a health care entrepreneurial focus to help mobilize their constituents to participate in the competition.
Key Results: Ashoka's team of evaluators chose 15 finalists, and five judges, including Deborah Bae, MPA, RWJF program officer, chose three winners.
The winners, who each received $10,000, are:
#Ashoka competition: 3 winning health care programs in developing countries that can be replicated in U.S.
We were able to develop an informal community of health care social entrepreneurs operating in countries around the world. The competition helped us identify these health care social entrepreneurs, as did the convening through the World Health Care Congress,” said Project Director Emily Bosland.