THE Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with Ford Foundation has justified the impact and worth fellowship programmes have on marginalised communities.
The report titled: Transformational Leaders and Social Change: IFP Impacts in Africa and the Middle East, is a part of 10-year alumni monitoring examine of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP), the only largest programme dedication in its historical past, through which $420 million was invested.
It additionally offers vital insights into the private, organisational, group and societal impacts IFP programmes in Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine and South Africa.
In Kenya, the programme featured 126 fellows comprising 60 ladies and 66 males, pursuing levels under the umbrella of social justice. 27 per cent took up research in worldwide improvement, 21 per cent opted for research in training, 9 per cent for public health and eight per cent settled for environmental science.
According to the report, the programme has offered IFP alumni with vital experiences of equity within the socio-economic processes they’d been by means of. For some, the expertise opened their eyes to the truth that they’d all alongside been victims of injustices.
While commenting on the report, Ford Foundation’s Regional Director for East Africa, Maurice Makoloo, mentioned: “This examine confirms that when each particular person no matter their background is supplied with an equal alternative as the subsequent particular person, they develop their abilities to extremely excessive ranges.
“Ultimately, the investment in these individuals empower them to make significant contributions to advance society. In many cases, IFP fellows were the first people in their families and local communities to obtain post-graduate degrees and in some cases to obtain any degree at all,” Mokoloo mentioned.
Head of Research and Evaluation and Learning, International Institute of Education (IIE), Mirka Martel, whereas reacting to the experiences mentioned: “Our approach goes beyond the self-reported accounts of the programme beneficiaries and goes directly to the communities that have been affected”.