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: 27 May 2021

The response to the current COVID-19 crisis in India has been hampered due to restrictions imposed by the Foreign Contribution (R [...]

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

Analysis of the Current Legal Framework for Civil Society in India

Analysis of the Current Legal Framework for Civil Society in India
This report, written by Noshir H. Dadrawala for ICNL’s India nonprofit law reform workshops in December 2018, provides a detailed analysis of the ... Read More

FAQ: India’s Lokpal and Lokayukta Act

FAQ: India’s Lokpal and Lokayukta Act
India's Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 is a law intended to regulate and control corruption in public institutions ... Read More

FAQ: India’s Goods & Services Tax

FAQ: India’s Goods & Services Tax
India’s unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) integrates several central and state taxes with the goal of making business easier ... Read More
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News

India approves new policy on voluntary sector

India approves new policy on voluntary sector
In May 2007, India's Cabinet issued a new National Policy on the Voluntary Sector ... Read More

Update on Foreign Contribution Management and Control Bill in India

Update on Foreign Contribution Management and Control Bill in India
In November 2006, the Union Cabinet approved the revised Foreign Contribution Management and Control (FCMC) Bill that seeks to regulate ... Read More

Foreign Contribution Management Control Bill in India

Foreign Contribution Management Control Bill in India
The existence of civil society in India is currently threatened by the proposed Foreign Contribution Management Control Bill (FCMC), intended ... Read More
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