A quest for a good society
We seek to support ground-breaking work anchored in networks and movements, to create and strengthen communities that work for their own betterment. We believe that the value of samaaj which is on this quest as beyond measure.Perspective
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A board member of ATREE, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.
On the Artificial Recharge of Ground Water Advisory Council of the Union Ministry of Water Resources.
Elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Contributor to the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India.
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Rohini Nilekani first started contributing through her writing as a journalist.Explore
“In a socially and economically diverse country like India, we believe civil society plays a key role in voicing the needs and aspirations of different communities”
Building Trust Through Grantee Feedback: The Story of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies
This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with The Centre For Effective Philanthropy. She talks about the importance of feedback, speaking truth to power and trust-based philanthropy. We set up Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies only recently because earlier much of my philanthropy work was done through Arghyam, my foundation for water, or […]
February 25, 2021|Interview
Philanthropy Should be Humble, but not Modest
Apart from building a flexible and resilient framework for the future, philanthropists, civil society and the government must work in tandem so that every rupee is absorbed on the ground We can definitely say that civil society and the philanthropy sector stepped up rapidly in the face of the pandemic, March 2020 onward. Very quickly, […]
May 17, 2021|Article
Reimagining Abundance in Post COVID-19 India
As people return to life and work post the lockdown, some predictions point to a mad rush to do even more than before. Travel more, buy more, meet more people, eat out more — do more of more. The government too is expected to do more to restore economic growth and livelihoods. Much more is […]
May 22, 2020|Article
Report: Build the Field. Build the Movement. Engaging Young Men & Boys in India.
While the good work for the betterment of women and girls in India has to continue, the work in gender equity shall remain incomplete unless young men and boys are brought within the ambit of interventions. We need to onboard men, not only for causes of women such as achieving goals of women empowerment and […]
Young Men & Boys
November 2, 2021|Report
Giving Done Right Podcast: The Heart and the Head
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)’s President Phil Buchanan and Vice President of Programming and External Relations Grace Nicolette host Giving Done Right, a podcast with everything you need to know to make an impact with your charitable giving! In this week’s episode, Phil and Grace talk with Rohini Nilekani, philanthropist and Giving Pledge signatory. Rohini discusses trust-based philanthropy, the effects of the pandemic in India, […]
October 28, 2021|Podcast
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 […]
October 28, 2021|ArticleView All