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Social Justice Philanthropy: Old Challenges, New Opportunities

Social Justice Philanthropy

Philanthropy is done mainly through donations or charity for a range of causes. Most of the time it seeks to attend to obvious problems, but root causes remain unaddressed. Social Justice Philanthropy is about supporting work for structural change to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental injustices and to create an enabling socio-economic and political environment and increase opportunities for the most marginalised. The idea extends to non-discrimination on the basis of caste, gender and religion, ensuring equal opportunities for all.

Today most of the philanthropic and CSR initiatives in India are being carried out following a charity or a responsibility approach, but the real structural causes of underdevelopment remain largely neglected. While large scale welfare service delivery measures are being taken up under individual and corporate philanthropy and CSR, important issues related to social Justice, equity and human rights are unfortunately largely ignored by philanthropists.

With a strong belief that India can develop meaningfully only when social equity and justice are guaranteed and a sense of respect for every human being is achieved, National Foundation for India (NFI) and OneWorld Foundation India (OneWorld) are working together to strengthen social justice philanthropy in India for public welfare and social transformation. The challenge for social justice philanthropy in India is not just to address the structural challenges, but also build awareness and understanding on the issue.

Keeping it in view, NFI and OneWorld have taken up a knowledge and communication-based initiative to promote and strengthen social justice philanthropy by engaging corporate and civil society thought leaders in an active dialogue through a series of radio programmes.

NFI and OneWorld produce and broadcast a radio programme on social justice philanthropy on AIR FM Rainbow. These programmes seek to look at development issues and how social justice philanthropy can help to address them.  The objective of these radio programmes is to initiate and strengthen direct conversations and interface with existing and potential private sector philanthropists in India through a diverse mix of dialogues and actions.

The radio series has already featured eminent thought leaders like Ajay S. Shriram, Chairman and Sr. Managing Director of DCM Shriram Group; Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Bharat Wakhlu, Resident Director, Tata Services; Harpal Singh, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Save the Children; Kamal Meattle, CEO, Paharpur Business Centre; Manju Dhasmana, Lead - Corporate Affairs, Microsoft India; Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor; Nisha Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, OXFAM India; Samir Sharma, Deputy General Manager, Dalmia Bharat; Shaifalika Panda, Chief Executive Officer, Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation; Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Sminu Jindal, Managing Director, Jindal SAW Limited; Sweta Rawat, Chair, Hans Foundation; Vishal Bhardwaj, Assistant Executive Director, Dalmia Bharat Group, and Vivek Prakash, AVP - CSR, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, amongst others.

Going forward, NFI and OneWorld are planning to hold a series of focussed round tables with key stakeholders to bring the learnings together and catalyse the discourse and actions on the issue. The first roundtable in the series will be held on 22nd February 2017. It will bring together eminent corporate and civil society leaders like Amita Joseph, Director, Business Community Foundation; Lopamudra Priyadarshini, CSR Head, Sonalika International Tractors; Malini Gupta, Vice President, Sustainability, Royal Bank of Scotland; Narender Kukreti, Deputy General Manager, Toyota Kirloskar Motor; and Sudhir Sinha, CEO & Chief Coach, Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility.

This event will be soon followed up with a discussion of media persons on the issue. We will keep you posted about the details.

Speakers:

 

  • Amita Joseph, Director, Business Community Foundation
  • Lopamudra Priyadarshini, CSR Head, Sonalika International Tractors
  • Malini Gupta, Vice President, Sustainability, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Narender Kukreti, Deputy General Manager, Toyota Kirloskar Motor
  • Sudhir Sinha, CEO & Chief Coach, Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility
  • Rajiv Tikoo, Director, OneWorld Foundation India

 

 

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