• Mapping Changemaking in Law & Justice

  • Tracking Social Innovations in Justice

  • Advancing Tangible & Impactful Efforts

Our Initiatives

We equip leading social entrepreneurs in India who are shifting mindsets and making societal systems change through their innovative work towards equitable access to justice. By facilitating the exchange of knowledge and resources, we are creating new avenues for collaborations and are creating a collective impact.

Impact

Unlocking Impact in Justice

How do social entrepreneurs view changemaking in law and justice? What do they envision the roadmap to justice to be? We launched this initiative to understand their answers as well as build tools to help justicemakers innovate towards social justice.

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YCIJ

Young Changemakers in Justice

We enable spaces that invigorate young people that have found their power to create change for the good, and further boost these young changemakers' movements towards justice.

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Venture

Venture and Fellowship

We aim to develop an ecosystem of leading social entrepreneurs and critical sector catalysts. In line with that, we search, select, and support social entrepreneurs and young changemakers and their innovations.

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Fostering Social Innovations in the Law and Justice Sector

The overwhelming majority of Indians do not have access to justice. Government mechanisms and entitlements reach a tiny percentage of citizens. While social innovation has made some progress and reached hundreds of thousands, we still have a very long way to go to address the needs of 1.3 billion people. Only through the potential of every citizen as a changemaker can we mount a genuinely scalable and systemic response to the diversity and size of problems pertaining to access to justice. In India, this is particularly true given its diversity, inequalities and power structures.

We at Ashoka established the Law for All Initiative (LFA) in 2020 to catalyse the network of law and justice social entrepreneurs who are shifting mindsets by building social innovations for their communities.

Our ecosystem is established with three building blocks - a collective of leading social entrepreneurs, critical sector catalysts and influencers, and a growing movement of young justice changemakers. This ecosystem, equipped with powerful ideas such as the collaborative resolution of disputes, open access to law and justice data, well-being in criminal justice systems, and community justice solutions, can achieve widespread and irreversible impact.

We are helping strengthen the programme of  Justice-Changemakers in various fields through our Venture and Fellowship and the Ashoka Young Changemakers initiatives. Additionally, we are currently mapping the thematic underpinnings of various sectoral issues and the vast array of social innovations pioneered by Justice-Changemakers. In our mission to achieve the idea of ‘Everyone A Changemaker™’ (EACH),  we are also actively expanding our support for grassroots leadership by young innovators and partnering with other Ashoka Fellow-led organisations. This site is a portal for our past and present work, failures, and successes.

In direct action areas, systems change happens through enabling young people. All we do is just give them a little nudge to start thinking that they don’t have to live the life given to them. And that they can write their own life script.

Paramita Banerjee
Founder, DIKSHA
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अगर किसी को पता होगा कि बाल मज़दूरी गलत है, तभी तो वह बाल मज़दूरी छोड़ कर पढ़ेगा

Translation from Hindi: Only when the unaware youth is made aware of the fact that child labour is wrong, will they leave child labour to focus on education.

Priyaswara Bharti
Founder, Bihar Youth for Child Rights
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