Active Citizenship

Collective Co-creation

A healthy community encourages participation in the creation of a better society. Through collective action, the delivery of public services improves in a way that restores trust in institutions. Work in the field of Active Citizenship supports organisations invested in catalysing citizen participation. Thus, enabling communities to co-create governance and solve complex problems in innovative ways.



While there are fears that civil liberties are receding or being curtailed for marginalised groups like migrants and women around the world, the past decade has also seen a huge rise in protest, participation in public life, and voting. The public is demanding more ways to claim their ‘participatory’ role so that they have a stronger voice and a role in the global system. We support organisations that are trying to create innovative ways to increase citizen participation and catalyse their power to solve complex problems. It is paramount that justice remains independent and be seen so. The justice system and the judiciary is a large complex system of institutions, individuals, networks and services meant to assist our vast population. Any design to support it must be holistic, and must recognise the human as well as the systemic challenges within it.

Our deep interest in empowering citizens by building a strong samaaj is reflected in our support of organisations in our portfolio.

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June 23, 2023

Ideas of India: Society, State and Markets

Shruti Rajagopalan and Rohini Nilekani discuss philanthropy, civil society and how to generate social change in India Ideas of India is a podcast in which Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Shruti Rajagopalan[...]
January 3, 2023

सेवा ही है एक बेहतर समाज का रहस्य

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January 2, 2023

Seva is the Secret to a Good Samaj

An op-ed published in The Economic Times A few months ago, my team and I joined some flash volunteering to do a quick cleanup right outside our office. Arun Pai,[...]