Partnering for Development: the Foundation-Government Dynamics in India


23 May 2017

India Habitat Center | New Delhi | India

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The High-Level Roundtable “Partnering for Development: the Foundation-Government Dynamics in India”  was held on 23 May 2017 in New Delhi, India. The event discussed the key findings and recommendations of the study conducted by the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), together with Dasra.


In 2007, India graduated to middle-income status, and made impressive progress on a number of development indicators. However, the country still faces some challenges to be able to meet the commitments of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (SDGs). While the Government has been the most significant actor in promoting social development in India, increasingly, private actors are being called upon for support. Amongst these, private foundations stand out as stakeholders with the potential to accelerate social development in India, and help achieve the SDGs.

In 2015, the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), together with Dasra, and with financial support from USAID, launched a study to gather evidence on the current state of foundation-government collaborations in India. It was developed based on insights gathered through a comprehensive survey, in-depth interviews and a roundtable discussion between foundations and the government working in the maternal and child health space in the state of Maharashtra.

The by invitation-only High-level Roundtable, co-organised by the OECD netFWD, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), and Dasra brought together senior representatives of the Indian government, philanthropic organisations, and distinguished experts to discuss the key findings and recommendations of the study. The event facilitated:

  • Discussion around some of the most successful examples of foundation-government partnerships.
  • Assessment of the remaining challenges that foundations and government face when engaging in dialogue and partnerships.
  • Practical ways were suggested in which philanthropy and the government (at state a federal levels) can move forward together and effectively collaborate towards meeting the 2030 Agenda. 


  • Amitabh Kant,CEO, NITI Aayog 
  • Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development
  • Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO Asia, AVPN
  • Pakzan Dastoor,Associate Director, Dasra
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Shrikant Sinha, CEO, Nasscom Foundation
  • Sandhya Venkateshwaran, Deputy Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sunil Arora, Director General and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)

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