~Crossing Cultures, Sharing Solutions, Shaping Leaders~
New Delhi, 29 June 2018: The American India Foundation (AIF) felicitated twenty-seven young leaders from the U.S. and India on the completion of their ten month long service under AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. These young Fellows contributed their skills and resources to NGOs in the field of livelihoods, education, and public health across 15 states in India. The event brought together philanthropists, CSR practitioners, leading businessmen, NGO founders and Fellows- who shared testimonials and glimpses into their journeys of service in India along with an art exhibition portraying the impact of their work on the ground. Three Senior Fellows were also felicitated during the event. Those present on the occasion included Mark A. White, Mission Director of USAID-India, Meagan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College International, and Nishant Pandey, CEO of the American India Foundation.
The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India helps shape the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient and effective. The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.
While congratulating the Clinton Fellows, Mathew Joseph, Country Director-AIF said “We’re always delighted when the cohort of AIF Clinton Fellows completes a Fellowship journey in India. Through values like teamwork, perseverance, and humility they address the challenges they face in their service and ultimately succeed in making positive and lasting impacts in their host organizations. This makes the AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India one of the best service-based leadership programs in the world.”
Since the first batch of Fellows who assisted in the post-earthquake rehabilitation of Gujarat in 2001, the AIF Clinton Fellowship Program has successfully paired 452 Fellows in service with 202 NGOs and social enterprises across 23 States, thus representing a collective force and organized network dedicated to social change in India.
About American India Foundation:
The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 4.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org