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

Future Trend Report: Philanthropy

Hands holding flowers. (Photo: GLady/Pixabay)
This briefing explores key trends in philanthropy and their possible impact on civic space. It is one in a series ... Read More
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News

India: Companies Bill 2011 Proposes to Make Corporate Social Responsibility Mandatory

India: Companies Bill 2011 Proposes to Make Corporate Social Responsibility Mandatory
Update provided by Noshir Dadrawala of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy.* On 15 December 2011 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs ... Read More

Income of Trusts in India Comes Under Scrutiny

Income of Trusts in India Comes Under Scrutiny
Update provided by Noshir Dadrawala of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy.* Recently a number of leading public charitable trusts and ... Read More

Foreign Contributions Regulations Bill 2010 becomes law in India

Foreign Contributions Regulations Bill 2010 becomes law in India
Update provided by Noshir Dadrawala of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy. The Foreign Contributions Regulations Bill 2010, earlier passed ... Read More

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