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The fundamentals of Giving

Op-ed co-authored by Rohini Nilekani & Vidya Shah in the Financial Express Like the market in India boomed once tight controls were lifted, NGOs and CSOs in the country can thrive, and have more sustainable impact, if donor capital is flexible and NGOs can invest in their own growth. The number of wealthy Indians has […]

Jan 19, 2023 | Article

सेवा ही है एक बेहतर समाज का रहस्य

कुछ महीने पहले, मेरी टीम और मैं हमारे कार्यालय के ठीक बाहर सफाई करने के लिए एक त्वरित स्वैच्छिक अभियान में शामिल हुए। अग्ली इंडियन (Ugly Indian), एक गैर-लाभकारी संस्था जो आम लोगों को नागरिक गौरव विकसित करने के लिए प्रेरित करती है, के उत्साही स्वयंसेवी अरुण पई ने हमें दिखाया कि कैसे हम अपनी आस्तीन मोड़कर कोई भी उपकरण उठाएं, जो हमें […]

Jan 3, 2023 | Article

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, an enthusiastic volunteer with Ugly Indian, a nonprofit that inspires ordinary people to develop civic pride, showed us how to roll back our sleeves, pick […]

Jan 2, 2023 | Article

Report: Understanding Discourse Around Active Citizenship in India

Key Questions What are the major interests and online discourse around the four pillars of active citizenship—volunteerism, co-creation, claim-making and resistance & mobilisation in India? What are the key influences and impacts of online and offline volunteering? Which topics in citizen-led co-creation are dominant on social media, and what platforms are citizens and CSOs using […]

Dec 15, 2022 | Report

Report | Hum Log: Active Citizenship and Civic Engagement in India

Key Questions What is active citizenship and how do members of society participate in civic issues in big and small ways? How do different stakeholders interact one another and what are some positive outcomes of such civic expressions? How can it be catalysed in the Indian context? What can the state, philanthropies, and civil society […]

Dec 14, 2022 | Report

Putting Samaaj on top for Positive Collective Action

This is the third book by philanthropist and civil society leader Rohini Nilekani, the founder of Arghyam, a foundation that works towards sustainable water and sanitation goals, and Pratham Books, a publishing nonprofit that helps millions of children to read books. Samaaj Sarkaar Bazaar is a collection of Nilekani’s articles, speeches, and interviews, which offers […]

Dec 10, 2022 | Article

Report: What’s it like being a young man in urban India today?

Beneath the apparent privileges that boys enjoy, there is immense pressure to perform. The societal expectations are set for them, irrespective of economic background. Men are an equal half of the societal dynamic. For behaviour to shift, we need to acknowledge the anxieties and motivations that propel actions. This understanding is relevant not just for […]

Dec 5, 2022 | Report

Philanthropy can provide ‘patient funding’ to boost science

Industry leaders and philanthropists Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Rohini Nilekani have made individual and collective contributions towards furthering science and research in the city and outside. They told TOI’s Chethan Kumar in an interview that philanthropy could help provide the ‘patient funding’ that is needed to boost science and also help liberate science from […]

Nov 21, 2022 | Interview

#IIMChat with Rohini Nilekani

This is an edited version of a conversation with Rohini and Nandan Nilekani as part of the #IIMChat series hosted by IIM alumni in Singapore. The event was moderated by Sonia Gupta, Vidya Vasania, and Suresh Shankar. Like all of us in this room, while I didn’t grow up rich, I still grew up very […]

Nov 15, 2022 | Interview

A Call to Action: Why We Need a Citizen-First Approach

Recently, unseasonal rains flooded the city of Bengalaru. Visuals of privileged citizens living in upscale independent bungalows, riding tractors to get away from their inundated spaces, as their luxury cars lay submerged in the water, flooded our phones. Delhi is choking. As I write this, there are alarming newspaper reports of the rise in pollution […]

Nov 8, 2022 | Article