Sonia Ben Ali, 2018 Ashoka Fellow: URBAN REFUGEES Founder Joins Prestigious Ashoka Network



After a rigorous, 9-month selection process, the URBAN REFUGEES team is thrilled to share that our Founder and Executive Director, Sonia Ben Ali, has been named a 2018 Ashoka Fellow.

This moment represents an extraordinary milestone for URBAN REFUGEES: Ashoka is the largest network of change agents promoting social innovation in the world. Sonia’s recognition marks a turning point for our work as a she joins 3,500 social entrepreneurs from 92 countries who have been part of the prestigious Ashoka network for 35 years.

We are especially eager to amplify this work, given the growing reality that the number of globally displaced people will quadruple by 2050: the need to build effective, sustainable solutions today is critical.  URBAN REFUGEES believes refugees themselves should be at the center center of these solutions, and we’ve proven that our approach works.

To watch Ashoka’s video feature of URBAN REFUGEES, please  click here.

Our impact

  • 3700

    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

  • 40

    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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