International Civil Society


Global Collaboration Platform for Young Social Innovators
ChangemakerXchange stands for an exchange of ideas between young people who are working on innovative solutions to social, environmental, or societal problems in their immediate surroundings.
At five-day exchange meetings, they deepen their knowledge and further develop their initiatives and business models. They network, enhance their own initiatives in a dialog with other participants, and start joint projects. Particularly innovative project ideas receive financial and nonmaterial support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The program is open to social innovators between 18 and 30 years old from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Since 2012 350 young socially engaged people from 70 countries came together. So far we have supported 60 international collaboration projects, which had themselves more than 100.000 direct beneficiaries. By including eight more summits in 2017, the Changemaker network and its impact will continue to grow.

The ChangemakerXchange platform is co-created by Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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Changemakers from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte D’ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo can apply until 15 October for the Dakar Summit from 28 November to 1 December 2017.


Where everything started: Since the launch of the program in 2012, four summits take place in Europe and the MENA region every year. After Istanbul, Marrakesch, Palermo, and Lissabon we are looking for new locations.


Starting in 2016 ChangemakerXchange takes place Asia as well. The Changemakers come from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and from the Philippinies.


Young East African innovators from the public sector, the media, civil society, and the education sector met for the first time in Nairobi in 2017. More ChangemakerXchange summits are planned.

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Learn more about ChangemakerXchange, current events, and the Changemaker's projects:

Impressions of the Projects

Nude Food

Three years ago, Milena Glimbowski founded a packaging-free grocery shop. When the project started to test her limits, the "Changemaker" exchange with other social entrepreneurs gave her new energy. Her idea has long since inspired many imitators.

Success with Social Ideas

They want to make a difference in their immediate surroundings, they help refugees to integrate, organize dance workshops, and support waste reduction. The Changemakers have many ideas. During the meeting in Berlin and Paretz, they shared their experience and developped international collaboration projects.


Matthias Scheffelmeier
Caroline Guyot
Limbani Phiri

Contact at the Foundation

Marika Baur
Phone: +49 711 46084-674
Julian Hermann
Phone: +49 711 46084-187
Karoline Caesar
Phone: +49 711 46084-515