India

ICNL’s resources and information on India.

Overview

ICNL works closely with local partners to help build civil society partnerships and provide resources on the non-profit sector and philanthropy in India. These resources include papers on the civil society regulatory framework, a philanthropy law report, and the India Civic Freedom Monitor, which offers a snapshot of Indian laws and various developments relevant to civic space. ICNL also supports efforts to raise awareness around issues related to funding, digital rights, securitization, and other areas affecting civil society in India.

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Civic Freedom Monitor

India

Last updated: 11 May 2021

NGOs have reportedly been unable to respond at capacity to the current COVID-19 crisis in India due to the restrictions imposed b [...]

Global Grantmaking Country Notes

In partnership with the Council on Foundations, ICNL maintains reports on thirty-four countries that help U.S grantmakers undertake equivalency determinations for foreign grantees. The reports in this series describe the legal frameworks for nonprofit organizations and provide translations of relevant legislative provisions.

Philanthropy Law Report

Indian culture places great emphasis on giving. The ancient philosophy of Nishkama Karma – “do good without the expectation of getting a reward” – profoundly influences many peoples’ lives. At the national level, the legal framework is considered relatively supportive of civil society, and particularly supportive of philanthropic giving. This report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy, unpacking the history, and the present-day legal environment. It is accompanied by supplemental materials to provide more context on civil society and philanthropy in India.

Resources

UNSR Comment on India’s Revised Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

UNSR Comment on India's Revised Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
A statement by UN Special Rapporteurs regarding India's Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act 2019 (the amended Act) and to the ... Read More

News

ICNL Publishes Two New Reports on the Legal Environment for Civil Society in India

ICNL Publishes Two New Reports on the Legal Environment for Civil Society in India
Civil society in India is noted for its vibrancy and innovation. However, India’s legal framework undercuts the sector in critical ... Read More

CSR to Soon Become Compulsary Under Law: Companies Bill 2011 Passed by Lok Sabha

CSR to Soon Become Compulsary Under Law: Companies Bill 2011 Passed by Lok Sabha
Update provided by Noshir Dadrawala of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy.* The Lok Sabha has passed the Companies Bill 2011 ... Read More

Implications of the Budget & Finance Bill 2012 on Charitable Organizations in India

Implications of the Budget & Finance Bill 2012 on Charitable Organizations in India
Update provided by Noshir Dadrawala of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy.* The Minister of Finance, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, presented the ... Read More

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