Announcements: Indicore, and Ashoka Changemakers

Indicore in the process of accepting applications for their August 2009 Fellowship. Their application deadline is March 15th. More details below the fold.

Ashoka Changemakers are launching an online competition to search for system-changing innovations in agriculture and rural development. “Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities” is hosted at Details below the fold.

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Indicorps, an international non-profit, offers competitive fellowships for people of Indian origin willing to challenge themselves for one to two years on unique grassroots development projects in India. Fellowships are designed as one-of-a-kind transformational experiences, emphasizing both public service and personal growth, building upon leadership skills and the capacity to make a difference.

Indicorps announces over 30 competitive new projects for the August 2009 Indicorps Fellowship. Indicorps seeks a few dozen dedicated young Indian leaders who are willing to challenge themselves and “be the change.” Fellows will have the opportunity to tackle real issues in education, microenterprise, social entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, public health, urban infrastructure, and much more. They will be able to live simply and dig deep to learn about real India; projects span from Kanpur to Pondicherry, Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh.

To learn more, visit the Indicore website. Or write to outreach at indicorps dot org.

Global Search for Innovations in Farming and Rural Communities

Excerpts from a press release:

WASHINGTON, Mar. 3, 2009 Ashoka’s Changemakers announced today the launch of “Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities,” a global, online competition to seek out the most innovative solutions in farming and rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and around the world. The competition is funded as part of a grant awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Using the Changemakers’ open-source online platform, the competition will be open to anyone striving to stimulate rural development and agriculture.

The Changemakers community is an open, online forum for anyone who is passionate about social change to participate in a vibrant exchange of ideas and friendship,” states Charlie Brown, Changemakers Executive Director. “This competition is the opportunity to expand our reach even further, into the rural areas of Africa and India, to work with those innovators who may or may not have online access.”

The online competition will showcase innovative solutions, encouraging members to comment, network, and assist one another in making a difference. Nominations and submissions are welcome until May 13.

For more information, contact Delyse Sylvester: dsylvester at ashoka dot org. Visit

Author: Atanu Dey


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