In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Announcing People Powered Partnerships, Volume 2

The AIF Clinton Fellowship program encourages Fellows to write on multi-disciplinary topics of pressing concern. Fellows have produced numerous publications over the years, in their motto to serve, learn, and lead. Select Fellows from the 2018-19 cohort collaborated to create the second volume of People Powered Partnerships: Leveraging Locally-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Development.

Volume 2 features compelling examples of how the AIF Clinton Fellowship has supported innovative, localized solutions in the 2018-19 program year. The five essays in this book represent inspiring models narrated by U.S. and Indian Fellows who have served across India on projects ranging from Adivasi educational access to livelihoods inclusion for women with disabilities.

The editors, Andrew Kerr and Prashant Anand, alumni from the AIF Clinton Fellowship, in their Introduction to the volume, seek to bring a deep understanding of the complexities on the ground and a true appreciation of the power of service for social impact.

In a vibrantly constructed Preface, Paul Glick, the Executive Director of RIST, relates his days as a Peace Corps Volunteer to the immersive nature of the AIF Clinton Fellowship program. RIST generously added the program for two years to its roster of partnerships with AIF, sponsoring XX Fellows. Paul Glick strongly endorses the program saying, “The stories you will find within these pages are an absolute treat. Get ready to begin to understand some of the vast issues that Fellows and Community Development Organizations encounter on a daily basis and the solutions that they come up with.”

Download and read you copy of People Powered Partnerships, and other publications from the Fellowship at this link:

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– Rowena Kay Mascarenhas

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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