We are very happy to announce the creation of a new program at IAP:
The IAP Smitu Kothari Fellowship for Global Justice. Since Smitu
passed away several years ago now, we have been wanting to create a
program at IAP in his memory--and we are finally making it happen,
in partnership with AtlasCorps.
This fellowship is for young activists from Asia, Latin America and
Africa. Fellows will work with IAP for one year, both to advance
their campaign(s) back in their home country, and also to help lead
global advocacy initiatives involving IAP partners around the
world. Read below or the attached, for more information.
The deadline is coming up fast -- April 30th! Please note
that the AtlasCorps website says the deadline is April 15th, but
that they are extending the deadline to April 30th for candidates
applying to IAP.
Help us spread the word! Thanks so much,
Kothari Fellowship Program at IAP
the Fellowship Program:
Accountability Project (IAP) is launching a fellowship program
advocates from Asia, Africa and Latin America, in honor of IAP
member Smitu Kothari. A leading scholar-activist in India and
Kothari made prolific contributions in the fields of
environmental justice and
rights-respecting development, and served as a mentor to
countless students and
advocates in our movement.
aim of the the Fellowship Program is to advance an area of work
that Smitu gave
much of himself to – creating opportunity for young people to
movement for global justice and strengthen their abilities as
critical thinkers and change-makers. The Smitu Kothari
Fellowship Program at
IAP is a year-long program designed to support the leadership of
young activists in our movement for global justice.
does the Fellowship Program work?
program is jointly administered by International
Project (IAP) and Atlas Corps.
Project (IAP) is the host organization: Fellows are based
at the IAP office in San
Francisco, California for 1 year (September through August)
where they are
responsible for leading an advocacy initiative during their
year. Fellows work
IAP staff and colleagues to carry out their advocacy initiative,
doing research, writing, presenting to decision-makers at
such as the World Bank, and producing easy-to-understand
for IAP community partners. In
Fellows will also participate in fundraising and other elements
managing a nonprofit organization.
At the completion of their Fellowship year, Fellows will
make a final presentation
to IAP staff, board and colleagues.
Atlas Corps provides
support. Atlas Corps manages
international fellows at numerous nonprofit organizations in the
and has expertise in handling visas, travel, stipends,
fellows to find housing, and also providing top-quality
professional development trainings throughout the fellowship
year. Atlas Corps will
ensure that Fellows
have the support they need to thrive in their Fellowship
experience, and they
also provide the opportunity to connect with other international
diverse nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
Applications are due April 30th, 2012. Fellow
will be selected by July 2012.
program begins in September 2012 and completes in August 2013.
are looking for passionate, capable advocates with a commitment
development justice in their home country and region. The ideal candidate is someone who has
for development that respects human rights and the
environment—and who will
utilize the Fellowship experience to advance their work and
leadership in this
field in the future.
is looking for candidates
least 3 years of work experience in the field of advocacy for
justice, human rights and environmental justice;
working directly with communities to make their voices heard and
development projects and policies;
analyzing Safeguard Policies and other policies at international
coursework/studies in issues related to development, environment
experience working specifically on issues of resettlement,
profound personal commitment to serve as an advocate/leader in
this field for
the long-term, and a strong desire to utilize this Fellowship
advance his/her advocacy capacity; and
humility and humor.
addition, Atlas Corps
requires that candidates meet the following Eligibility
more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social
degree or equivalent
proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
years or younger
to return to your home country after the 12-18 month fellowship
initial screening by AtlasCorps, Fellows will be selected by
Advisory Committee that includes IAP staff, board members and
for 2012-2013 Fellow:
the 2012-2013 Fellowship year, IAP will be selecting one (1)
fellow. The Fellow will
be responsible for
coordinating IAP's advocacy around the World Bank Safeguard
Review. Tasks will likely include:
the collection of case studies from IAP partners around the
world who have
experienced impacts of World Bank-funded projects, and compiling
studies into a report for publication and submission to the
IAP's policy recommendations for the World Bank, with support
from IAP's Policy
Program Coordinator; and
with the preparation of information materials for workshops with
in several regions to prepare for World Bank consultations in
those areas; and
as needed with IAP events, strategic planning, program
evaluation, and fundraising. IAP
is a small organization, and the
Fellow will be an integral part of the team during his/her
an online application through the Atlas Corps website:
the following in your application:
"IAP" as the response to the "Where did you hear about Atlas
a cover letter to
your application. The
cover letter should address the
you want to work with International Accountability Project
would you want to accomplish during your fellowship year?
would you use the fellowship experience to advance your advocacy
work upon your
return to your home country?
due April 30th!
in San Francisco, IAP partners with communities in Asia, Africa
America to stop destructive projects—such as open-pit coal mines
mega-dams—and help people protect the land they love. In
campaigns to stop the unjust practice of land-grabbing and the
of entire communities in the name of development. “Following the
these mega-projects, IAP works strategically to demand
policy reforms at the financial institutions underwriting
projects—from hedge funds to the World Bank. At the same time, we provide targeted support
communities, producing tools and skill-share events that
campaigns for development that respects human rights and our
Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world's best nonprofit
mission is to address critical social issues by developing
strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an
fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.