Ashoka Citizen Base Initiative (CBI)

Ashoka’s broad network and deep understanding of social entrepreneurship gives us a unique capacity to harness the learning from leading social entrepreneurs. The Citizen Base Initiative (CBI) seeks to use this distinctive vantage point to capture, share, and enable how leading social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations mobilize key human, technological, information, and financial resources from their citizen base. By creating an open, curated, and self-propelling platform, we aim to highlight the power of a dedicated citizen base, and empower those seeking a social change with effective citizen-based resource mobilization solutions.

First launched in 1996, CBI conducted over 140 case studies and a series of competitions to identify and celebrate the creative ways organizations build a dedicated citizen base. Ashoka’s broad network and deep understanding of social entrepreneurship give us a unique capacity to harness the learning from leading social entrepreneurs. CBI aims to highlight the power of a dedicated citizen base, and empower those seeking a social change with effective citizen-based resource mobilization solutions.

Below we spotlight powerful examples of Ashoka Fellows mobilizing the citizen bases around them.

 

Joaquim de Melo, Banco Palmas

Joaquim is creating a community banking system that uses local assets as currency. Between 2007 and 2009, Banco Palmas made 3139 Palmas loans, an equivalent of $2.5 million, benefiting 2,500 families. CASE STUDY: Creating Community Cohesion through Creative Financing Organizational Vision Banco...
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A. H. Md. Maqsood Sinha, Waste Concern

Maqsood is tackling urban waste disposal by developing a network of decentralized, financially self-sufficient composting centers adapted to Bangladeshi conditions. CASE STUDY: Concerned Scientist With A Cause Organizational Vision Waste Concern establishes large-scale community recycling ventures...
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Suraiya Haque, Phulki

Suraiya Haque is addressing the issue of work place based day care centers in Bangladesh. She has developed and implemented working models for factories, offices, and community based centers. Her organization also provides training on management of day care centers so that the factories and offices...
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Hany El-Miniawy, ADAPT

Hany is introducing low-cost housing to low-income communities by producing appropriate local building materials, adopting a participatory approach for transfer of know-how, and using simple and fast building techniques. When applied nationally, Hany’s idea will address two of Egypt’s major problems...
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Nike Esiet, Action Health Inc.

By engaging adolescent peer educators, volunteer parent counselors, and teachers in a comprehensive program to provide information to adolescents about health and sexuality, Nike is enabling thousands of Nigerian teenagers to make informed decisions that will enhance their reproductive health and...
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Erzsébet Szekeres, Alliance Industrial Union

By providing medical care and training, the Alliance Industrial Union works to integrate disabled adults into Hungarian society. CASE STUDY: Engendering a Productive Place in Society Organizational Vision When Erzsébet Szekeres’ son was born with disabilities 35 years ago, the doctor said he would...
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Charles Maisel, Men on the Side of the Road

MSR seeks to bridge the gap between the growing economy and unemployed people with low skills by increasing people's ability to earn a sustainable income. CASE STUDY: Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) Organizational Vision Each day an estimated 18,000 men aged 15-60 gather at roughly 180 municipal...
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Tomasz Sadowski, Barka Foundation

Tomasz Sadowski is pioneering a new approach for dealing with Poland's most chronic homeless cases by creating self-sufficient rural communities. CASE STUDY: Forging a Path of Self-Reliance Organizational Vision The Barka Foundation for Mutual Help provides the socially marginalized in Poland, such...
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Wellington Nogueira, Doctors of Joy

Wellington Nogueira created an organization devoted to bringing happiness into the lives of children in hospitals through the dramatic art of clowning. Through his program he strives to give this form of artistic expression a predominantly social character in an effort to humanize Brazilian...
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Nebahat Akkoc, KA-MER

Nebahat Akkoc has launched a comprehensive support center for women in south-eastern Anatolia, the poorest - and for women, most oppressive - region of Turkey. The self-supporting center, financed by an on-site restaurant and daycare center, provides a range of services, including legal and...
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Ximena Abogabir Scott, Casa de la Paz

Ximena Abogabir Scott is implementing a new approach in the field of informal environmental education that will both enhance the effectiveness of the numerous organizations that are currently working in that field and stimulate urgently needed citizen participation in more general civic activities...
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Harley Henriques do Nascimento, GAPA

Harley Henriques do Nascimento is combatting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Brazilian state of Bahia, through a network of peer educators based in the region's disenfranchised communities. CASE STUDY: Addressing HIV/AIDS in the Forgotten Regions Organizational Vision Harley Henriques do Nascimento is...
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Jorge Strada, Fundación Papelnonos

CASE STUDY: Fundación Papelnonos Organizational Vision Fundación Papelnonos uses the power of music to enrich the lives of elderly people and challenges society to view aging from a new perspective. By creating spaces and opportunities for elderly people to exercise their creativity and imagination...
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Marcela Zubieta, Fundación Nuestros Hijos (FNH)

CASE STUDY: Battling Cancer by Building Community Organizational Vision Fundación Nuestros Hijos (FNH) provides integral support to disadvantaged children with cancer in order to increase their life expectancy, improve quality of life, and decrease the psychosocial impact of the illness on both the...
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Mora Podestà, Fundación Logros

CASE STUDY: Planting Hope In Schools Organizational Vision The mission of Fundación Logros (Achievements Foundation) is to contribute to a sustainable social development taking the individual development as a starting point, through formal and non formal educational processes. The Organic Orchard...
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Pradip Sarmah, Centre for Rural Development (CRD)

CASE STUDY: Rickshaw Bank Organizational Vision Founded in 1994, CRD aims to create sustainable livelihoods for poor families in North East India by using local resources and focusing on skills development. One of its main areas of work is designing and implementing income generation programs for...
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Souleymane Sarr, AJA Mali

CASE STUDY: A New Tool for Resource Mobilization Organizational Vision Souleymane Sarr is confronting the staggering problem of unemployment and underemployment among youth in his native Mali. In 1993, he created the Association Jeunesse Action Mali (AJA Mali) in an effort to revolutionize the...
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Petra Vitousova, Bílý Kruh Bezpečí (BKB)

CASE STUDY: Mobilizing a volunteer-based support network for the victims of violent crime in the Czech Republic Organizational Vision Bily Kruh Bezpeci (BKB) offers comprehensive counseling and aftercare for the victims of violent crime. BKB organizes care that is customized to fit the circumstances...
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