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Leveraging and Creating Space to Work: Key Strategies of Ashoka Fellows working in LMIC Mental Health


The conversation was facilitated by Drs. Sean Kidd and Kwame McKenzie, with a critical commentary provided by Ananda Galappatti. The event videos can be found below.


Dr. Sean Kidd (video): describes study findings.


Ananda Galappatti (video): provides a critical commentary on the project findings.


Dr. Kwame McKenzie (video): provides insight into the impact of project findings.



Social Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Interventions in Low Income Countries


On May 21, 2014, the Social Entrepreneurship for Mental Health working group hosted a webinar that explored building, sustaining, and scaling up mental health interventions in low income contexts.


The webinar was provided through a collaboration between Ashoka, the University of Toronto, and Grand Challenges Canada. Along with a general discussion about how a social entrepreneurship lens can be used to understand how highly leveraged mental health interventions develop, three social innovators joined us to discuss critical questions related to building, sustaining, and scaling up initiatives. The videos by each social innovator can be found below.


Ananda Galappatti, Sri Lanka (video): What are key factors to consider in expansion? Tolerating uncertainty, being bold, and low cost experiments.


Maha Helali, Egypt (video): The person whose intervention is running well in their town/city and wants to expand to other places in their country and abroad: What are the key strategies to be considered?


Monira Rahman, Bangladesh (video): Building upon and being responsive to community interests and energy – how does this make a difference?

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