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, "Service, Collaboration, and Community" in New Delhi. By working for 10 months with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in across 13 states in the fields of Livelihoods, Education, Public Heath, Technology and Innovation, these fellows have become life-long ambassadors for service to the marginalised 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 10 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, Nishant Pandey, Country Director, American India Foundation (AIF) said, “Since 2001, more than 422 AIF Clinton Fellowship alumni have become transformative leaders, representing a collective force and organised network dedicated to change in India and elsewhere. We look forward to evolving the Fellowship into a larger and more impactful programme going forward, and we hope that the corporate sector will collaborate with us in this endeavour.
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.