The Ford Foundation created the IFP in 2001 with the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. Expansive and ambitious, the program offered fellowships in 22 countries around the world to support advanced studies for a generation of highly motivated social change leaders. Twelve years and more than 4,000 fellows later, have the program’s goals and the vision been realized?
Joan Dassin, IFP executive director, and Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, discuss the origins and expectations for the program. What were the challenges, achievements and the lessons learned along the way?