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The East Africa Program

The Ashoka East Africa Visionary Program kicked off in December 2020 with a diverse group of leaders drawn from private and public sectors, NGOs, Foundations, and leading Social Entrepreneurs. The program draws its participants from the East Africa Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania with strong interest from applicants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan (North and South), and West Africa

In anticipation of the program, we launched a series of virtual meet-ups within Ashoka East Africa’s “Changemaker Baraza” and “pre-module engagement” series. These provide an opportunity for participants and potential participants to connect, get a sense of Ashoka, the Visionary Program in East Africa, and an introduction to Ashoka’s Everyone a Changemaker movement. On some occasions, participants met future faculty (international and local) members and identified guest speakers for the various modules.

Modules Dates of the 7 modules
(Dec 2022 – Aug 2023)
1 09-10 December 2022 (Nairobi)
2  20-21 January 2022 (Online)
3 03-04 March 2023 (Online)
4  14-15 April 2023 (Nairobi)
5 26-27 May 2023 (Online)
6 07-08 July 2023 (Online)
7 18-19 August 2023 (Nairobi)

Additionally, Ecosystem Events will be taking place onsite in Nairobi on 08 December 2022, 13 April 2023 and 18 August 2023.

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This Visionary Program in East Africa is designed to equip participants with Ashoka tools, resources, and knowledge on how to identify and solve societal problems in an entrepreneurial way. Previous participants have left the program with practical how-to’s, and ideas of how they and their organizations can make an important contribution to the much-needed change in our society.

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Meet the Team

Abubaker MusuuzaEast Africa Director, Ashoka Visionary Program
Abu Musuuza is an Ashoka Fellow, the Director of the Ashoka Visionary Program in East Africa and an alumnus of the program. He is also co-leading the Uganda-based digital freelance marketplace FLIP Africa, after co-founding and serving as the CEO of Village Energy, where he pioneered new uses of solar energy for off-grid communities. He later co-founded the Enlight Vocational Institute to support the solar industry’s capacity building needs.
Ruth Soi East Africa Coordinator, Ashoka Visionary Program and Fellow Engagement Lead
Ruth is the Ashoka East Africa Fellowship Lead and coordinates the Visionary Program in East Africa from Nairobi, Kenia. In collaboration with Ashoka Africa, she works with social innovators and entrepreneurs across East Africa to ensure full engagement with regional offices as well as strategic alignment with entrepreneurs, changemakers and essential ecosystem players.
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