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‘You have got to be optimistic in a young country,’ says Rohini Nilekani

Few people in India have confronted issues of social urgency in the many ways that Rohini Nilekani does—as a philanthropist, but equally, as a founder-member of some of India’s best-known civil society organisations, as an inveterate mediator between society, state and market, and as a writer who has thought long and hard about what happens […]

Sep 9, 2022 | Interview

Off The Cuff with Rohini Nilekani

In ThePrint ‘Off The Cuff’, watch author and philanthropist Rohini Nilekani in conversation with Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and Senior Editor Sandhya Ramesh, where they discuss the changing nature of philosophy, the role of women and how technology can be used to improve education and Rohini Nilekani’s latest book ‘Samaaj, Sarkaar, Bazaar: A Citizen-First Approach’. Transcript […]

Sep 9, 2022 | Interview

Rohini Nilekani on why India’s wealthy need to do more to boost civil society

At a time when the government and the marketplace have assumed enormous power over our lives and choices, Rohini Nilekani argues that now is the time for civil societies to be boosted, and that India’s wealth creators need to do more about it. In this episode, she joins host Sandip Roy to discuss her latest […]

Sep 4, 2022 | Podcast

Schemes to Systems: Samaaj led Welfare Delivery Models

Rohini’s keynote at Indus Action’s Schemes to Systems conference. Philanthropist, Rohini Nilekani stresses on how the voice of Samaaj should be amplified and understood, while reducing the administrative gaps. Thank you to Indus action and all the people gathered here. A special namaskar to the two senior politicians here – Dr Palanivel Thiagarajan ji and […]

Apr 11, 2022 | Keynote

Rohini Nilekani Receives Philanthropist of the Year 2020-21 Award from ASSOCHAM

Aligned with global business practices in fostering the concept of Responsible Corporate Citizenship, ASSOCHAM recognizes organizations and individuals that adopt innovative practices on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Taking a step forward, the ASSOCHAM continues to carry the legacy of a decade with “10th Responsible Organization / Social Responsible Individual Excellence Awards 2020-21.” A high-powered jury headed by Justice […]

Mar 16, 2022 | Others

What has COVID-19 taught us about disaster response? | IDR

Civil society organisations became the first responders during the #Covid19. Read about their response to the second wave as well as 4 key take-aways from it that can help us prepare for future disasters. Written by Natasha Joshi & Sahana Jose of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies for India Development Review. If you were a disaster, where would […]

Oct 28, 2021 | Article

Charcha 2021 Plenary: Samaaj, Sarkaar and Bazaar for India’s Development

This is an edited version of the Charcha 2021 plenary session focusing on the role of the three pillars – government, business and civil society – in enabling India’s development. The participants discuss the major challenges faced by each sector, the key points of intersection, and how the collaboration between Samaaj, Sarkaar, and Bazaar can […]

Aug 13, 2021 | Panel

Rohini’s Comments at The Annual Desh Apnayen Awards Ceremony

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s address at the ACTIZENS awards ceremony hosted by the Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation. In her speech as Chief Guest, Rohini Nilekani discusses how we can harness India’s latent potential to shape extraordinary citizens who will make India the world’s greatest democracy. You and your friends, and all […]

Apr 6, 2021 | Keynote

Stewards, not Bystanders: Civil Society Creates New Opportunity to Co-Design Cities

Citizens now have more opportunities to take active part in building urban resilience This year, I have been from Bengaluru to Kabini and back several times. Every time I return from the forest and the rural countryside, my eyes and senses hit refresh, and I see my home city with a new perspective. The overwhelming […]

Dec 2, 2020 | Article

Daan Utsav: Investing For A Better ‘Samaaj’

From the beginning of October and through the end of December, our minds are more attuned to giving and sharing. The giving season starts with Gandhi’s birthday and goes on well past Christmas. In between, there are many festivals of sharing, and gratitude, including Dassera and Diwali.India’s Daan Utsav is well-timed to enhance the feeling […]

Oct 5, 2020 | Article