Podcast

Between Two Worlds: A New Podcast Series 

Between 2001 and 2013, the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP) supported graduate or postgraduate-level education for 4,305 emerging social justice leaders from 22 countries. Selected participants came from marginalized communities and had to demonstrate a commitment to social justice and community leadership. The Ford Foundation provided $417 million in funding resources for IFP, the single largest program commitment in its history at that time.

Since 2013, IIE’s Research, Evaluation, and Learning Unit has led a Tracking Study of the impact IFP has had on its alumni and the communities around them.

This podcast series, Between Two Worlds, focuses on IFP alumni still living outside their country of origin—approximately 13% of the global IFP Alumni population. Join us as we profile this small but powerful cohort of global citizens —and share new data that explores why they didn’t return home after the fellowship, how they stay deeply connected to their communities at home, and what motivates them to continue working for social justice long after their fellowships ended.

Between Two Worlds is hosted by IFP Alumni Tracking Study team members Bridget Barry and Nora Nemeth.

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Episode 1: Building Bridges

Hosted by Bridget Barry

Join us as we parse the latest component of the IFP Alumni Tracking Study that focuses on IFP alumni living outside of their home countries. What brought these alumni to their current homes? Why did they leave their countries of origin? What new challenges and opportunities are they facing as a cohort of global citizens working for social justice near and far? We share audio excerpts from our interviews among nearly 60 alumni living outside their home countries.

Featured IFP alumni in this first episode include: Sisko Rendon from Peru, now based in Spain, Camilo Pajuelo from Peru, now based in Finland, Godwin Apaliyah from Ghana, now based in the United States, Alok Gupta from India, now based in China, Huma Khan from India, now based in South Sudan, Roma Mukarramah from Indonesia, now based in Saudi Arabia, Aline Saraiva Okello from Mozambique, now based in Kenya, Henry Omokwe Dang Oche-Otse from Nigeria, now based in the United Kingdom, Tairah Firdous from India, now based in Jordan, Samaher Sweity from Palestine, now based in the United Kingdom, Bikram Mohapatra from India, based in Afghanistan, Evgenia Kochkina from Russia, now based int the United Kingdom, Margarita Huayhua from Peru, now based in the United States, and Pamela Molina Toledo from Chile, now based in the United States.

Transcript available here.


Episode 2: Pursuing Social Justice Globally

Hosted by Nora Nemeth 

This episode probes the experiences behind our new finding that 90 percent of IFP alumni still living abroad continue to work to advance the same causes they were advancing at home and during the IFP Fellowship, including domestic violence and community development, women’s rights, environmental sustainability and youth outreach, among others.

Featured IFP alumni in this second episode include: Hadijah Kisembo from Uganda, now based in the United Kingdom, Raul Choque Larrauri from Peru, now based in the United States, Kemi Chukwuma-Nwuba from Nigeria, now based in the United Kingdom, Nureyan Zunong from China, now based in the United States, John Denanyoh from Ghana, now based in Barbados, Randy Magdaluyo from the Philippines, now based in Oman, Rashmi Sharma from India, now based in the United States, Farida Badr from Egypt, now based in the United States, Ibrahim Musa Yola from Nigeria, now based in the United States, Theo Ressa from Kenya, now based in the United States, and Florence Apuri Auma from Uganda, now based in Nigeria.

Transcript available here.


Episode 3: "Always a Foreigner"

Hosted by Bridget Barry

Join us for this third episode, to hear from IFP alumni as they elaborate on what life is like in their new home, and how they are navigating culture change, using new methods for remaining connected to their home countries, and connecting their networks at home with those in their adopted countries.

Featured IFP alumni in this third episode include: Pamela Faith Muduwa from Uganda, now based in Kosovo, Raheela Narchoor from India, now based in the United Kingdom, Dolkun Tarim from China, now based in the United States, Hadijah Kisembo from Uganda, now based in the United Kingdom, Lijun Li from China, now based in the United States, Stephen Mukembo from Uganda, now based in the United States, Nikolay Voronin from Russia, now based in the United Kingdom, Ilja Viktorov from Russia, now based in Sweden, Brindis Ochoa from Peru, now based in the United States, Jeanettia Lucas from South Africa, now based in Canada, Camilo Pajuelo from Peru, now based in Finland, Kemi Chukwuma-Nwuba from Nigeria, now based in the United Kingdom, Henry Omokwe Dang Oche-Otse from Nigeria, now based in the United Kingdom, Huma Khan from India, now based in South Sudan, and Rama Hansraj from India, also based in South Sudan.

Transcript available here.


Episode 4: Key Takeaways
 
A discussion between Bridget Barry and Nora Nemeth

In the fourth and last episode of Between Two Worlds, we wrap up our series with a discussion on what is left to learn from our IFP alumni community living outside of their home countries, and how the new data and perspectives we discovered can help to inform and advance the role of international education in our changing world.

Featured IFP alumni in this fourth episode include: Lola Lawrence from Nigeria, now based in Canada, Ligaya Leal from the Philippines, based in the United States, Quyet Cao-Huu, from Vietnam, now based in France, Ibrahim Musa Yola from Nigeria, now based in the United States, Raul Choque Larrauri from Peru, now based in the United States, and Henry Omkwe Dang Oche-Otse from Nigeria, now based in the United Kingdom.

Transcript available here.