Here is something special for all of you who come to my Blog: Opening Doors. This is a fantastic book from the Ford Foundation that profiles the story of some outstanding young people, who are making a big difference to life and living. Amazingly, the book is not priced and available free. Vivek Mansukhani from the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program has kindly shared the e-version of the book and I am delighted to present it to you. Read the book; it will uplift your spirit at a time when India is at crossroads. It tells you we live in despair and yet, there is hope. The people profiled in the book were selected for a fellowship by the Ford Foundation through its largest funded project ever.
Launched in 2000, the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) has enabled emerging social justice leaders from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia to pursue advanced degrees in development related fields, at universities across the world. By extending fellowship opportunities to candidates from marginalized and excluded communities, IFP aimed to promote leadership for social justice, and demonstrate that, given the right platform, those who lacked access to quality higher education can richly contribute to broader social change.
330 Fellows received awards in IFP India’s competitions between 2001 and 2010.
OPENING DOORS looks at how this program was implemented in India. It highlights the risks, challenges and choices involved in shaping a process that supported students with unconventional backgrounds to achieve academic success and work toward their social justice aspirations.
OPENING DOORS examines how, over a decade, IFP India reached out to and selected the talent pool defined as its target group, and how it prepared Fellows for their journeys to international academic destinations.
It explores the transformations that Fellows underwent during and after their Fellowship tenures, and describes the impact Fellows are making in civil society, government, media, arts and academia.
OPENING DOORS attempts to capture the legacy of this innovative program and hopes it will provide material for discussion, reflection and learning.