Ashoka's Impact


"A social entrepreneur is not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. 
They will not rest until they have revolutionized the entire fishing industry." 
- Bill Drayton, CEO & Founder of Ashoka

Social Impact Defined

Social impact is the system change that results from Ashoka Fellows, networks, and ideas. Ashoka Fellow change the world through their work and the scale of their social impact. 

 We assess the impact of Ashoka Fellows in 5 main areas, and below are examples for each area: 



54% have changed market dynamics at a national level within 5 years of their election as Ashoka Fellows. This means they have:

  • Created new markets
  • Generated income for the poor
  • Increased access to goods and services
  • Created value where a value didn’t exist
  • Changed the flow of market information  


52% have achieved changes in the code of conduct, mission statement, or official policy of a large organization or industry at a national level within 5 years of their election as Ashoka Fellows; 57% have contributed to a change in national policy within 5 years of their election as Ashoka Fellows. This has remained consistent since tracking began in 1998. They do this by: 
  • Drafting legislation (35% of Fellows)
  • Providing testimony or research (48% of Fellows)
  • Organizing citizen action (46% of Fellows)


54% achieved national impact to fully include marginalized groups in society within 5 years of election as Ashoka Fellows, and, see empathy as a major focus of their work. 


56% have achieved business-social congruence at a national level within 5 years of their election as Ashoka Fellows. This means that: 
  • 61% receive revenue through a for-profit element  
  • 28% have a joint venture with a business


66% have created cultures of changemaking at a national level within 5 years of their election as Ashoka Fellows

Social Impact Reporting

Ashoka Scandinavia's Annual Report offers statistics and insights on our work and impact in the region for 2014. An overview of programs, initiatives, and network support which aim to cultivate Social Entrepreneurship and Changemaking in the region, as well as to enable the growth and social impact of Ashoka Fellows and young people in Sweden, Norway and Denmark is provided.

Ashoka's Global Impact Study offers a overview of Ashoka Fellows' social impact around the world for 2013. The study provides statistics and examples of how leading social entrepreneurs change society at large. Ashoka Fellows are incredibly focused on achieving their goals, pursuing their visions and objectives for decades. They are seen as leaders in their fields and are role models for others in how Everyone can be a Changemaker.

Social Reporting Standard (SRS) is structured for impact-oriented reporting of social organizations with transparency, accountability, and comparability. SRS reports focus on covering social impact as well as fundamental elements of organizational reporting to draw a comprehensive picture of the social organisation and its activities. Download the SRS for an overview and templates for impact reporting.