Foundation accountability in India

Cristiana Peruzzo

I would like to congratulate Jacob Harold for his interesting suggestions in his article ‘Gorillas in the midst: foundation accountability in a networked age’ in the December issue of Alliance and for highlighting how ‘a new governance bargain’, created for a business, governmental and non-for-profit environment, can be adapted to foundations.

I was pleased to see that his four accountability behaviours are becoming more and more applicable to the Indian context in which I have been working for the past three years. While stricter accountability in philanthropic donations remains a challenge in India due to an environment of inadequate legislation, lack of transparency, and the endemic plague of corruption that permeates all sectors, there have been many green shoots in recent times that allow for an optimistic outlook.

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