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What Lies Beyond the Great Anthropause

The virus has shown us the impact of a disregard for nature. Small changes to urban lifestyles could make a big difference Recently, Apple TV released a documentary called The Year Earth Changed. It takes viewers through some delightful scenes of what happened in the world of wild animals while humans were forced to take […]

May 8, 2021 | Article

A Quest to Balance State, Society, Market

In the memory of such social sector professionals and volunteers, we have to rededicate ourselves to the work of supporting and sustaining a resilient samaaj. What better time than this current moment? On April 24, one more life came to a premature end. Civil society lost yet another leader. Prem Kumar Varma died in Delhi […]

May 2, 2021 | Article

Rohini Nilekani On The Pleasures Of Being In Nature

“To be able to conserve and protect, you have to observe and love,” says philanthropist Rohini Nilekani. “Being in nature, you get this sense of continuing renewing wonder,” she says. In this episode, Rohini talks about her favourite birds and why conserving nature is an “enlightened self-interest” for humanity as a whole. Transcript 0:00:00.0 Speaker […]

Apr 25, 2021 | Podcast

Rohini Nilekani and Arun Kumar | Succeeding in Partnerships

The discussion highlights the importance of partnerships in addressing large and complex societal issues and the need for including partnerships in the organisation strategy. Transcript 0:00:03.2 Arun Ji: I must congratulate you and your team for conceptualizing this discussion, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this fireside check, […]

Apr 22, 2021 | Interview

Rohini Nilekani and Kamaljit Bawa: How to Grow ATREE in the Era of Climate Change

Indiaspora Climate Summit on April 20th that addressed topics around climate and environmental justice. Rohini Nilekani joins Professor Kamaljit Bawa to discuss the urgency of climate science and ATREE’s work. Transcript 0:00:00.0 Bawa: So I think this is a session of hope and inspiration. And so we hope we will continue this theme and… So […]

Apr 20, 2021 | Panel

To Fail is to Have Dared

In this interview with IDR, Rohini speaks about why we need to underwrite failure in the social sector, how philanthropists can support failure in practice, and shares some of her own failures as an activist philanthropist. When working on complex issues of social change, failure is inevitable. Yet, people in the social sector are reluctant […]

Apr 16, 2021 | Interview

The Architecture of Good Markets

Business leader and ex-President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Naushad Forbes, speaks with former journalist and philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, about what markets must include, whom they should serve, and the role they must play in enabling inclusive economic growth. Transcript 0:00:00.0 Rohini Nilekani: You want government to be able to enable competition and innovation […]

Apr 14, 2021 | Podcast


Rohini Nilekani moderates a discussion on delivering large-scale transformational programs, impact on the ground, and the implementation of such programmes in a large and diverse country like India. The discussion draws on the learnings from the Swachh Bharat Mission, the world’s largest successful behaviour change programme, which drew over 55 crore rural Indians out of […]

Apr 8, 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. I want to begin by addressing […]

Apr 6, 2021 | Keynote