When I first came across the term GONGO, or “government-organized non-governmental organization”, I was perplexed by the rather oxymoronic combination of the term. Isn’t a non-governmental organization supposed to be non-governmental? How are they different from typical NGOs?
In 2013, India put in place one of the most progressive laws around corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, six years on the law has fallen short in driving collective national progress. One reason for this is that a large proportion of funding is flowing to a small proportion of states.
What role should the social sector, also commonly called “the third sector”, play in China? In this unprecedented pandemic crisis, it has been laid bare that government and businesses cannot satisfy all market and social needs and that the third sector is indispensable to a functional society.
While we do know that the global lockdown we are currently living through will end, we do not know what the post-Covid-19 world will look like. In an effort to understand how Covid-19 is affecting the region, we have talked with our partners and donors from around Asia. We can see some early trends.