Strengthening samaaj, sarkaar and bazaar
We believe in healthy, vibrant, active communities and networks. In the continuum of samaaj (society), bazaar (market) and sarkaar (government), a strong society can keep markets and the state accountable to the public good. This will revive communities and help build their capacities to fulfill their functions and duties for their own betterment. Through our work, we hope to enable more creative collaboration across divides and silos.
Justice within reach
Preserve and Nourish
Philanthropy is an Act of Empathy. Collaboration is Change in Action.
In a deeply interwoven society, while every contribution to the social sector advances communities, much more needs to be done to see widespread social change and progress. We need to change as individuals to see differently; seeing differently allows us to act differently and solve systemic problems collaboratively and co-creatively.
At Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, we empower our grantees by creating spaces and supporting programs that help them thrive. We invest in long-term change through collaboration and institutional support, rooted in co-creation and mutual learning.
We recognise that societal change cannot occur overnight but needs patient, empathetic nurturing with the space and freedom to fail.
A strong samaaj forms the foundation that restores balance in the system.
Rohini Nilekani is an author and philanthropist and has been a strong influence in the Indian social sector over the past three decades. Her philanthropic work spans different sectors of Indian civil society. She founded Arghyam, a foundation for sustainable water and sanitation, and co-founded Pratham Books, nonprofit enabling access to reading for millions of children. Currently, she is the Chairperson of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and a Co-founder and Director of EkStep, a nonprofit education platform. Rohini and her husband, Nandan Nilekani, are signatories to the Giving Pledge, pledging to give away half of their wealth to philanthropy.
Rohini’s first book, Stillborn, a medical thriller, and her second, Uncommon Ground, were published by Penguin Books India. Her latest, Samaaj, Sarkaar, Bazaar – A Citizen-first Approach, is a self-published, Creative Commons-licensed book. She is also the author of 16 books for young children.