INDIA’S NGOS: WHAT’S IN STORE
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) or NGOs as they are more commonly referred to are in the news due to the renewed screening process for registration and receiving funds abroad under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), and the withdrawal of permissions to a number of them.
What are now the changes and challenges in the operating ecosystem of the NGOs, which operate in a state-market continuum? Historically the funding ecosystem in India has seen three phases: pre-liberalisation (1991); a decade into post liberalisation, and now the 21st century.
After classifying NGOs into four verticals, the talk will discuss their challenges in the context of an increasing need for NGOs to exist alongside a narrowing of sources of funding. It will examine the changing role of the State, Philanthropic (domestic and foreign) and Corporate funding for the NGOs.
Professor M S Sriram is currently Faculty and Chairperson at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Prior to this he was the ICICI Bank Lalita D Gupte Chair professor of Microfinance at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has worked as Vice President (Finance) at BASIX and was a faculty member at Institute of Rural Management Anand.
In addition to his academic work he has been active in the policy space, chairing the Expert Committee on Kerala Co-operative Bank, being a member of the Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee of the RBI and the External Advisory Committee of RBI to licence Small Finance Banks. The Vaidyanathan Committee on co-operative reforms and the RBI Expert Committee on Primary (Urban) Cooperative Banks. He graduated from the Institute of Rural Management Anand and as a Fellow from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.