Kalinga Fellowship

Kalinga Fellowship
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Kalinga Fellowship

The Kalinga Fellowship Initiative is a pioneering and unique tri-sector initiative that provides a forum for senior business leaders, government, civil leaders and passionate individuals to come together in a spirit of collaboration to eradicate the incidents of sex assault and trafficking of girls in Asia.

Created by three partner organisations, the Bridge Institute, FXB India Suraksha, and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences the first fellowship was convened in April 2017 in the Indian State of Odisha. From that successful and productive intervention, a 10-year commitment was formed to create similar programmes to combat human trafficking, child marriage, and gender-based violence across Asia. The initiative is a concrete step toward designing a common and shared vision and a living example of converting the SDG blueprint “to go from the world we have, to the world we want to have”. This programme has since been implemented across Kerala, Telangana, and Delhi.

Official launch

The Kalinga Fellowship Initiative was officially launched on Thursday, 11 May 2017 in Singapore. We were honoured to welcome, human rights activist Dr. Sunitha Krishnan and well known educationist & humanist Dr. Achyuta Samanta, both renowned by the UN and globally for their transformative work in protecting children in Asia and the Head of Public Education and Youth Initiatives for UN Women (Singapore), Mrinalini Venkatachalam.

Partner organisations

The Bridge Institute

The Bridge Institute brings business, government and civil leaders together to solve the seemingly impossible problems of our time. The Institute prepares the leaders who want to change the world with the leadership skills to do so. The Bridge Institute acts as a catalyst for change, brokering key stakeholders (political leaders, civil leaders, youth leaders, etc.) to build their capacity to lead in partnership and collaborate on their shared societal challenge. We bring these leaders together with the world’s leading experts and change makers so they can collaborate and contribute to critical thinking and problem solving. By preparing these extraordinary people with leadership skills to be a force for good, by transforming mind sets and connecting communities we are able to contribute to the vision of a more peaceful, fair and prosperous society. Bridge-Institute.org

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is the largest Educational Institution for Indigenous Children and Youth. It is a fully free residential home for 80,000 students in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since the year 2015. Its higher education unit, KISS Deemed to be University has been declared Deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 by the Ministry of Human resource development, Government of India, New Delhi since 2017. KISS has been conferred UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2022 for its contribution to preservation of indigenous languages. KISS.ac.in

FXB India Suraksha

FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization providing development assistance to marginalized children, women, and communities in rural and urban India. Since inception, the organization has had a special focus for children, especially those from marginalized communities. To address the needs of children comprehensively, FXBIS follows an 'integrated development' approach model, wherein it designs programmes on livelihood, health, and education for the community as a whole, so that the vulnerable, especially women and children are provided a safe, healthy and sustainable environment to thrive in. The four domains of interventions, namely, Livelihood Promotion, Access to Quality Education, Improved Health Status, and Protection & Safety, together exert to create a net of protection and welfare in the community we intervene. fxbsuraksha.in