“I not only learned project planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation from the fellowship but i was also able to bring perceptible change that efficiently bettered the lives of the community”

A passionate development professional, Anushri holds a Masters in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Delhi, and is an avid proponent of the impact that development organizations can make to transform lives. A powerhouse intern, she worked with the UNDP to nurture financial inclusion of the waste picker community, registered domestic workers in the Public Distribution System to enable them to receive rations guaranteed by the Anushri served as an AIF Clinton Fellow in 2020-21. With a background in community engagement and research, Anushri facilitated participatory research methods that led to tangible social impact when the results were presented to the Block and District administration, government during the pandemic, and made video-stories to help community-based organizations across Delhi and Rajasthan raise funds.

AIF’s exceptional interventions to synergize the host organizations and fellows led to Anushri’s placement with a nonprofit working in Kalahandi, Odisha – one of the most underdeveloped districts of India. For her fellowship project, Anushri developed a case study to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the community by identifying innovative health practices, documenting processes, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and measuring indicators for the coastal tribal community in Kalahandi.

An engaging leadership development program for talented American and Indian young professionals, originally known as the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, the Fellowship is an immersive program designed to build the capacity of grassroots and emerging organizations in India and adopts a unique model of ‘service leadership’ and development.

To address the challenges and restrictions posed by COVID-19, the Fellowship program was redesigned as a hybrid (mostly virtual) model for the first-ever all Indian cohort in 2020, with restructured program components relevant in a virtual set up.

Shreya comes with thirteen years of experience in the field of communication, management, business development, marketing and advocacy, across development and private sectors. As a Board Member looking after Communication and Strategy for “Reach Out & Pass It On Foundation”, she has been a proponent of improved access to opportunities in the field of education and livelihood to the under-served communities over the last decade. She has her Masters in English Literature as well as Entrepreneurship Management and has represented her organization among cohorts of Policy and Communications leaders from across the world.

As a Dot Connector, her work experience as a communications and advocacy lead has led her to gainfully collaborate with government bodies and international organizations/entities like USAID, Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Atlas Network and WWF, employing a compelling mix of theoretical insights and analytical tools, poised to deliver critical application of communication mediation in the new media ecology.

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