Today, we speak with AIF Fellow, Manushi Sharma, on her reflections since completing the Atlas Corps Fellowship.

Manushi is currently serving full-time at Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe) as their Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (LME) Fellow where she will gain experience in principles of multi-stakeholder dialogue to promote citizen engagement in policy reform and implementation and will apply these principles through one or more international partnerships.

   Name: Manushi Sharma

   Home Country: India

   Fellowship Class: Class 46

   Host Organization: Collaborating for Resilience

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me means constant growth, learning, unlearning, and adapting. Leadership is not restricted to a specific title or position; it can emerge at any level of an organization or within any community. It involves active listening, effective communication, and the willingness to understand diverse perspectives. It requires the ability to adapt to change, embrace challenges, and inspire resilience in others. It involves recognizing and developing the potential in others, while striving for collective progress and creating a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.

Can you tell us more about your position at the Collaborating for Resilience and what you hope to get out of the experience?

As a Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Fellow at CoRe, I am providing strategic direction and MEL technical expertise in designing, strengthening, and implementing MEL systems to provide evidence and interpretation of outcomes and impact for improved learning and decision-making in environmental governance. I am learning about action-based learning and complexity-aware monitoring tools such as network analysis, outcome harvesting, etc.

How is the Atlas Corps Fellowship enhancing your expertise in Monitoring & Evaluation/Data Analysis?

The Fellowship has given me a chance to connect with a global community of LME professionals. Through this immersive experience, I am gaining valuable insights, refining my analytical abilities, and expanding my professional network. By working with CoRe on real-world projects, allowing me to apply my learning and develop a practical understanding of Monitoring & Evaluation practices for systems level approaches.

How do you plan to use your experience at Atlas Corps in your future career?

The practical experience and exposure to diverse projects has enhanced my ability to design and implement effective evaluation frameworks, analyze data, and derive meaningful insights to drive evidence-based decision-making. Additionally, the global network of professionals cultivated through Atlas Corps will enable me to collaborate with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and foster partnerships in my future endeavors.

What advice would you give to those interested in applying to the Fellowship program?

For those interested in applying to the Atlas Corps Fellowship program, my advice is to carefully review the eligibility criteria, clearly articulate your goals and commitment to social change, highlight your relevant experience, and demonstrate your potential for leadership and cross-cultural collaboration. Be authentic, passionate, and thoughtful in your application.

Thank you, Manushi, for sharing your leadership journey with us. We are excited to see you continue to inspire positive change in the future!

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Photos from Manushi’s personal archive.