CFM’s Saurav Ghosh awarded Ashoka Fellowship

CFM’s Secretary Saurav Ghosh has been awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship.


Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is one of the largest networks of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries creating large-scale impact through new innovations. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka is an international network that is driving the social sector and offering a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.  The organisation recently elected seven new Ashoka Fellows in South Asia, one of which is CFM’s Secretary Saurav Ghosh. As per Ashoka, these social entrepreneurs have pioneered game-changing and scalable innovations.

Saurav Ghosh (right) with Dhoom Singh, Sarpanch of Jhabua

Saurav Ghosh (right) with Dhoom Singh, Sarpanch of Jhabua

The rigour of the selection process is the gold standard for the social entrepreneurship sector. Candidates undergo an extensive process lasting more than six months. Out of the leading social entrepreneurs who are originally considered for the Fellowship, only 1 percent fulfills Ashoka’s meticulous criteria. 

Saurav Ghosh has been made an Ashoka Fellow for his work in bridging the critical human and financial resources gap needed to transform Panchayats (village governance bodies) into self-corporatised units (Swa Nigamit) that can sustain continuous village development. Saurav is building this strong cadre of ‘Panchayat Development Entrepreneurs” who study village needs and support Panchayat leaders to map appropriate schemes, access and implement them.

In India, Ashoka has a fellowship of over 380 fellows and elects a new cohort of Fellows every year. These include  Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, Magsaysay Award Winner Anshu Gupta, Founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak, Activist and Lawyer Flavia Agnes and many more.