American India Foundation rolls out its 16th Class of AIF Clinton Fellows


India CSR News Network

NEW DELHI: The AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, which brings together both Americans and Indians to develop their leadership abilities through cultural immersion, service learning, fieldwork and mentorship, felicitated 30 AIF Clinton Fellows today at a seminar entitled, “Service, Collaboration, and Community”.

Placed across 13 states of India, where they served for ten months with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the fields of Livelihoods, Education, Public Heath and Technology/Innovation, these 30 Fellows havebecome life-long ambassadors for service to the marginalized and underserved in India, and all over the world.

As a part of the event, the AIF Clinton Fellowship Year Book 2016 -17 was launched by former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, highlighting the experiences of the Fellows from their ten months spent working in NGOs and social enterprises across India. Also present on the occasion to felicitate the Fellows was Mark A White, USAID Mission Director.

Speaking on the occasion, AIF Country Director Nishant Pandey said, “I’m always delighted when a Class of Fellows completes their Fellowship journey in India. Since 2001, more than 422 AIF Clinton Fellowship alumni have become transformative leaders, representing a collective force and organized network dedicated to change in India and elsewhere. We look forward to evolving the Fellowship into a larger and more impactful program going forward, and we hope that the corporate sector will collaborate with us in this endeavor.

Alex Counts, AIF President and CEO said, “We are incredibly proud of the individual journeys and contributions the Fellows make every year during their 10 months of service in India. They are an inspirational testament to the possibilities that arise from building bridges between the United States and India. This signature program truly adds value and impact to AIF’s mission of catalyzing social and economic growth in India.”

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.

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