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Spotlight: Farouk Jiwa


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Farouk Jiwa Farouk JiwaFarouk Jiwa (ISP 94-98) has been elected as Senior Ashoka Fellow.  This life-time honour is in recognition for his work in integrating market-driven business processes with community-based development approaches to create a secure and sustainable means of improving the livelihoods of thousands of rural farmers in the apiculture sector.

Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs - men and women with system changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Senior Ashoka Fellows are advanced Fellows who are well beyond the launch stage and, at the time of election, have already created widespread impact and are recognized as leaders in their fields.

Bill Carter, Founding Board Member of Ashoka and Director of Ashoka's Africa Diamond Program said that "Farouk brings to our global Fellowship a demonstrated ability to come up with solutions for small producers, a deep understanding of the local context, and the proven ability to add value and improve lives thousands of people through honey production. We look forward to his strategic advice and expert counsel in working with small producers”.

 After completing his degree at Queen's University in Canada on an Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship, while concurrently working on his Master's degree at York University, Farouk established Honey Care Africa, an innovative and award-winning Fair Trade private sector Social Enterprise. Honey Care works with over 12,000 households promoting sustainable rural community-based beekeeping across Eastern Africa. Over 40% of the beekeepers they support are women. 

Farouk then joined CARE in July 2005 as the Director of CARE Enterprise Partners, a social venture fund of CARE Canada that seeks lasting solutions to poverty through market-based approaches designed to unleash entrepreneurship in emerging economies, as well as Technical Advisor for Economic Development in CARE Canada’s Strategic Programs team.  

In September 2008, Farouk joined the Economic Development Unit at CARE USA and currently provides technical assistance and program quality support to a number of economic and value chain development projects being implemented by CARE in East and Southern Africa and South East Asia.

His previous honours include being recognized by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs (2005), the Bryden Alumni Award from York University (2005), the World Business Award from the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum & UNDP for his contribution towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (2004), the Ismaili Youth Award for Entrepreneurshipfrom His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan (2004), the Equator Initiative Prize at the World Summit on Sustainable Development for his contribution to poverty reduction & biodiversity conservation (2002), and the International Development Marketplace Innovation Award from the World Bank & Soros Open Societies Institute (2002).  

For More Information:Ashoka: www.ashoka.org, Honey Care Africa: www.honeycareafrica.com, CARE: www.care.org and http://edu.care.org.

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