Stories of Service from the AIF Clinton Fellowship 2018-19

~Connecting Communities, Bridging Cultures~

New Delhi, 28 June, 2019: The American India Foundation (AIF) felicitated nineteen 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 leaders contributed their skills and resources to NGOs in the field of livelihoods, education, and public health across 15 states in India.  The event provided an opportunity to philanthropists, CSR practitioners, leading businessmen, NGO founders present during the seminar to get a glimpse into the transformative journey of AIF Clinton Fellows through panel discussions, presentations and exhibitions. Those present on the occasion included Mark A. White, Mission Director of USAID-India, Ishteyaque Amjad, Vice President – Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia, and Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency at the United Nations Global Compact Network India.

While congratulating the outgoing class of AIF Clinton Fellows, Mathew Joseph, Country Director-AIF said “We’re simply delighted that another cohort of dynamic AIF Clinton Fellows has successfully completed their ten-months of service and will now join their powerful alumni network to spread good across the world. Since 2001, the AIF Clinton Fellowship has been creating future leaders, fostering solutions, in an effort that transcends border and cultures. The AIF Clinton Fellowship program has created a significant impact on the Indian development sector and laid the foundation of everlasting cooperation between world’s two largest democracies.”

Three publications were also released during the event. ‘People-Powered Partnerships: Leveraging Locally-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Development’ includes essays from AIF Clinton Fellows and alumni on innovative models furthering sustainable development. ‘Community Across Cuisines, Cooking Across Cultures: Flavorful Stories and Recipes’ highlights stories on community bonding through food.‘Stories of Service 2018-19documents the journey of AIF Clinton Fellows over the last ten months, while also capturing the impact created by their service through projects in partnership with their host organizations.

In its vision to build a lasting bridge between the United States and India, the AIF Clinton Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India to shape the next generation of leaders. The partnership between the AIF Clinton Fellows and their host organizations accelerates impact and creates effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable for strengthening civil society.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 471 AIF Clinton Fellows in service with 208 NGOs and social enterprises across 23 States, thus representing a collective force and organized network dedicated to social change in India.

About AIF: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 Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org

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