Amitabh Behar, executive director of the National Foundation for India, explores the role of philanthropy in India, and how it must adapt to remain relevant in an ever-changing world.
Even before the recent Brexit vote, the rise of Donald Trump and the growth of so-called Islamic State it was clear we were witnessing a moment of disruption in history. While global leaders were formulating the sustainable development goals (SDGs), citizens’ anger was spilling over into the streets across the world in the form of the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and anti-corruption and anti-rape protests in Delhi.
If the philanthropy sector wants to be relevant and make a positive contribution to the transformational changes happening in the country and the world, it will need to reimagine its role to work in tandem with the progressive elements of civil society to deepen and further democracy. Continue reading