We are excited to introduce you to twenty extraordinary leaders – the 2018/19 AIF Clinton Fellows. Since inception, AIF Clinton Fellows have completed around 500 service projects, devoting more than one million hours of service to communities, families and projects. Alumni have utilized their strengths and interests to execute local projects based on the needs of the community such as designing curricula for school children, developing a new line of service delivery, or establishing a robust evaluation framework to conduct assessments, thus building a powerful network dedicated towards change in India.
The Mid-Point National Conference
January every year signifies new beginnings. For the AIF Clinton Fellows, the month of January has come to represent that time of the year when they meet to share best practices, brainstorm projects and initiatives, participate in peer group discussions and learn about each others’ host organizations – the Mid-Point National Conference where they learn with – and from – each other. As a deeply bonded cohort, they will engage in projects that are geared towards action. The AIF Clinton Fellowship is aligned with SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), and has successfully paired 472 Fellows with over 200 non-profits across 23 states of India. The AIF Clinton Fellowship Program is generously supported by RIST/THF and Lata Krishnan and Ajay Shah.
This year, the current cohort is addressing, amongst other key issues, how best to leverage technology to bring attention to issues often neglected by the mainstream.
Kembo Matungulu is contributing her skills for the Public Health Impact (PHI) team at BEMPU in Karnataka. Her project focuses on clinical studies coordination and health communication. Interestingly, Kembo is also working on a mobile application called “BHappy,” which can screen post-partum depression in mothers.
Aayush Malik’s project at his host organization Avani in Uttarakhand, revolves around working with the team to develop and operationalize a distribution model for women entrepreneurs.
Molly Morrison is preparing a learning tool for her host organization Frontier Markets that works in the space of solar home systems, clean cook-stoves and renewable energy appliances to rural households in Rajasthan. This tool will act as the central repository for scaling up the network of Solar Sahelis (women entrepreneurs).
At Fair Trade Forum India in Delhi, Shivani Sharma is focused on giving a strong voice to artisans through the medium of short films and photo narratives for an Indian Artisan Movement titled “I AM”. This movement aims to bring together the artisans of India on a common platform with citizens, policy makers, bureaucrats, academicians and corporate who will then pledge towards making a New India.
These are just a few of the 2019 Fellows joining AIF’s global community, individuals committed to building the courage and capacity needed to solve the greatest challenges of our time.
Mentorship and Support
Professionally qualified AIF staff and project supervisors in host organizations provide ongoing mentorship and support to Fellows. Positive outcomes derived from successful fellowships are demonstrated by the fact that several Fellows have continued to engage with the social sector in India, some have up non-profits or social enterprises, while others continue to lend their talent to deserving organizations. Alumni serve to guide the incoming Fellows every year, thus building a robust network of socially engaged global citizens. As a diverse group of full-time youth from the USA and India who are passionate about working with the community, AIF Fellows are dedicated to addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time through community-based service. On completion of the ten-month service, Fellows return to their base to serve as ambassadors for the program.