In 2010, India’s Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act came into effect, requiring nonprofit organizations to report all receipts of foreign funds to the central government within 30 days of receipt. On top of this basic reporting, Indian nonprofits now must file descriptive annual reports that explain the amount, source, use, and intended purpose of the foreign funding received.
In the Advocacy, Rights and Civil Society report, Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) reviews the implications of this new regulation on the nonprofit sector in India. It also examines and discusses significant areas of opportunities for Indian philanthropists to play a more proactive enabling role in the context of this changing landscape of funding for charities.
As much as the report focuses on India, it may serve a useful purpose for those interested in other Asian economies that have also implemented—or are considering the possibility of doing so—some form of restrictions on the receipt of foreign funding. The Doing Good Index 2018 found that this was the case for not only India, but also Pakistan, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. As the issue of regulating foreign philanthropic funds becomes a topic of interest across Asia, the report serves as valuable insight.
To view more of CSIP’s research, click here.