Dr. Brian Hobbs was a passionate supporter of Community Aid Abroad. He was a firm believer in community centered development initiatives, decentralized structures and local autonomy. Brian had a special interest in CAA's India program and facilitated the India-Australia community Linking and learning program focusing Aboriginal groups and Indian Tribal communities. In memory of Dr Brian Hobbs, CAA India has started a new program called " BRIAN HOBBS FELLOWSHIP FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP "


The main objective of the Fellowship program is to take the youth (preferably youth from resource poor communities) through a process of sensitivity building, skills development and motivate them to get involved in constructive activities, social action, and enterprise development for the process of social transformation. Some funding and non-funding assistance is necessary for the promotion of the above processes.


To promote, encourage and support selected youth from a disadvantaged communities for full time involvement in activities of social development and/or economic self reliance.



The educational background, experience in the field etc may be considered while sanctioning the fellowship amount. The sanctioned amount of fellowships will be reviewed during the six monthly reviews.The maximum amount for a candidate shall not be more than INR 3000 per month.


The fellowship shall be given for a maximum period of two years.

Monitoring Mechanism

All the candidates shall undergo a review every six months (before every fellowship committee meeting), decision regarding continuation/ discontinuation will be taken based on these six monthly reviews.

The regional coordinator (Resource Centre) shall receive reports from the candidates every month and shall regularly keep in touch with the fellow on telephone or correspondence. The regional coordinator shall have monitoring visit to the candidates work area at least once a quarter. Apart from that, quarterly review meetingsmay be conducted at convenient locations for review as well as learning inputs.

Annual meetings of the ongoing candidates and the ex-candidates may be helpful to promote exchange and build capacities.

Training inputs

The aim of the fellowship is capacity building of the fellow to work in social development, hence training and HRD is a very important component in the policy.

The centre coordinator shall regularly be in touch with the fellow (mentoring) and shall assess and respond to the training needs of the fellows. The national coordinator shall be in regular touch with them to address to their professional growth needs.

Formal training, need assessment sessions and training programmes shall be organised as per the need. The fellows shall also be motivated and supported to attend the training programmes organised by various agencies. Training material/ magazines etc., shall be circulated to the fellows.

Annual meeting of fellows shall be organised to promote exchange among the fellows and this meeting shall also have input sessions with them.

Mentoring relations between fellow and coordinator/ head of the institution would help for their professional growth.

The fellows shall also be participants in the exposure programmes and intensive exposure programmes may be organised for the fellows.

Special efforts shall be taken to improve the fellows on:

  • Project management
  • Team building
  • Organisational development
  • Planning
  • Financial management
  • Documentation
  • Social analysis and critical understanding of issues etc.
  • Public speaking and communication skills.

COMMUNITY AID ALLIANCE and the collaborating Resource Centres shall prepare general training modules on the above training areas.

Relations with COMMUNITY AID ALLIANCE/ Resource Centres

The rationale of the fellowship programme is to allow youth an independent space for experimenting and for professional growth and to consolidate activities of Peoples Organisations or increase Pos outreach. Though the fellows are being supported by Community Aid Alliance they are independent activists in the field. They are not expected to be Community Aid Alliance staff or volunteers/workers of the Resource Centres. They may or may not (for their previous contacts and interests) participate in outreach/motivation programmes of Resource Centres agencies, Community Aid Alliance Partners etc., but the independence and autonomy of fellows wil be ensured and respected.

The Candidates shall also be motivated to participate in the activities of Community Aid Alliance/Partners. The CBOs promoted by the Candidates may be linked through the National/ regional Peoples Organisations forum/s.


Efforts shall be made to help fellows to get in touch with other funding sources/networking agencies and to help them mobilise resources for sustainability of the work that they do.