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Resourcing social justice: understanding philanthropy in India

Response to Caroline Hartnell by Tulika Srivastava Sarojini Naidu once quipped to Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Bapuji! It takes a lot of money to keep you poor!’ Conversations about philanthropy and social justice as a sector are few in India, which makes Caroline Hartnell’s paper extremely relevant and timely. She has undertaken a herculean task, in providing a reader-friendly frame to…

Transparency and philanthropy – an oxymoron in india? Not anymore.

By Sumitra Mishra and Chandrika Sahai India has traditionally been a philanthropic culture with giving ingrained in all of its major religions, a part of everyday life. However, both formal and informal giving in India have mainly been private matters, the choice of cause and the method of giving have mostly been motivated by the…

Global corporations avoid millions in tax – and philanthropy benefits!

In the latest installation of Philanthropy Thinker -Alliance’s new online column, independent writer and consultant, Halima Mahomed, assesses the relationship between philanthropy and tax justice, and why philanthropy needs to address the elephant in the room. ‘Tax is an unpopular topic for most; in philanthropy, even more so. It often sits in the shadowy corner of…

Philanthropy in India Report Sparks Questions…and Opportunity

By Lauren Bradford Recently, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, in association with Alliance magazine, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), and the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University, released a highly anticipated thought piece on the emerging philanthropic sector in India, one of the largest and most rapidly changing countries in…

Rethinking ideology, a view from the US – Christopher Harris on Rethinking Poverty

By Christopher Harris Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has written for a long time about the failure of neoliberal economics and the resultant human suffering caused by the policies of austerity and terrible inequality. Barry Knight, in his new book Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society?, offers a possible…

Interview with Pushpa Sundar, author of ‘Giving with a Thousand Hands, The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy’

In her book, Giving with a Thousand Hands, The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy, published earlier this year by Oxford University Press, Pushpa Sundar makes an important distinction between charity and philanthropy. She argues that while charity is alive and well in India, the country is short on philanthropy defined as altruistic giving on a large…

Thinking and Working Politically: A Way Forward on SDG 16

By Debra Ladner SDG 16 recognizes that peace, justice, and accountable institutions are critical to sustainable, transformative, and inclusive development. It sets out ambitious targets on a range of issues from reducing violence and corruption, to combatting trafficking and organized crime, to ensuring legal identity for all. In doing so, SDG 16 provides a long-awaited…