Rokaya El Boudrari, a social development consultant in Morocco was a part of the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) in Washington, DC this past spring. She was placed with the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results. With the simple but vital goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people, the Social Innovation Fund and its’ grantees create a learning network of organizations working to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

20160511_1639331“For my PFP placement, I had the chance to be hosted by a federal government program, the Social Innovation Fund. Doing some web researches from Morocco to understand the SIF’s objectives and activities, I was first amazed by its operating model and programs. During my fellowship, I had the opportunity to observe the SIF team’s efforts to provide technical assistance to their grantees and adapt tools to communicate with them, collect and share data and evidence. I have particularly appreciated the use of technology to reach the targeted organizations wherever they were. Another aspect that have caught my attention was the managerial culture that relies on autonomy and liability. I have also benefited from their experience to improve and formulate my follow-on project proposal which was inspired by SIF’s philosophy : identify concrete solutions, share the best practices, increase the impact. It was a real privilege to be a part of such a qualified team for these 3 weeks of placement.”

This week, staff from the Social Innovation Fund, joined Legacy International and our Professional Fellows in Morocco as part of the outbound program. They caught up with the PFP Fellows on the progress of their projects and got to share best practices and provide insight to Moroccan nonprofit and government organizations.