AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Webinar: Untangling the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and India

Date & time

16 October 2020



16 October 2020


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The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 came into force on the 29th of September 2020, in India. The act brings sweeping changes to how not for profit organizations in India can receive funds from foreign funders, moving forward. The law will also impact how foreign foundations and corporations make donations to Indian NGOs. The new amendments to the act will force the foreign funders to make structural changes in funding as well as strategic re-haul in their funding polices, if they wish to continue funding poverty alleviation programs at the grassroots level in India. The road ahead will involve navigating a treacherous legal course both for the foreign funders and their Indian non-profit counterparts.

Join AVPN in a deep dive of untangling the new Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 where its member Nishith Desai Associates from India will analyse the amendments to the act and explain the implications for the foreign funding entities and their Indian recipient.

Learn from MacArthur Foundation and Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation about the challenges that they will now navigate and what this means for the other funder organizations looking at funding programs in India.

Dr. Milind Antani (Moderator)
Lead-Pharma, Healthcare, Medical Device, and Digital Healthcare Practice,
Nishith Desai Associates

Surgeon turned lawyer, Dr. Milind Antani leads the Pharma, Healthcare, Medical Device and Digital Healthcare practice at research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates.
Acknowledged as both a pioneer and authority in his domain, Milind has helped frame national policies in key impact areas of the healthcare sector including Digital Health and Med-tech space. His industry expertise has lent well to his representation of an array of marquee clients in matters allied to Regulatory advice, JVs, M&As, VC and Private Equity investments, Collaborations, IP, Licensing and Commercialization. That apart, he also leads the firm’s Social Sector Practice and represents various global and national foundations in India.

Rahul Rishi
Lead- Social Sector Practice, and Impact Investing,
Nishith Desai Associates

Rahul rishi leads social sector practice and impact investing at Nishith Desai Associates. He is a graduate in law from Gujarat National Law University with Masters in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been an avid speaker on various domestic and international forums on philanthropy, impact investing, blended finance and social businesses. He has extensively advised domestic and foreign non-profits on cross-border philanthropies, program-related investments, foreign contribution laws, impact funding and has worked closely on developing USD 1b IEOF (India Education Outcomes Fund). He has also worked closely with various impact investing bodies on policy changes and has authored newspaper articles and published academic articles on electoral funding, whistleblowers’ source protection, constitutional law, corporate social responsibility, cross-border and domestic philanthropy and the like.

Moutushi Sengupta
Country Director-India,
MacArthur Foundation

Moutushi Sengupta is Country Director for the MacArthur Foundation’s India Office, which provides grantmaking to civil society organizations on Climate Change, Population and Reproductive Health and Girls’ Secondary Education.
Prior to joining MacArthur in April 2013, she worked with Oxfam India, a rights-based organization that fights poverty and injustice. As Director – Programmes and Advocacy for Oxfam India, Moutushi led the process of developing and making operational the vision and strategy for programme management. Before Oxfam, Moutushi worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) in India for over 15 years. During her stint with DFID, she worked on a diverse portfolio of programs and projects across the country, including livelihoods promotion, health, rural development, financial and governance reforms and enterprise development.

Pramathesh Ambasta
Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)

Pramathesh has 30 years of experience in the areas of rural development, livelihoods, entitlement of marginalized communities and watershed management. Besides program management, building civil society partnership, capacity building, training and research are his forte. He is one of the founder members of Samaj Pragati Sahayog, one of India’s largest grassroots initiatives for water and livelihoods security in Central India. Pramathesh closely worked with Government bodies and Consortiums. He was the Convener of the National Consortium of CSOs on MGNREGA working with 72 partners across 76 districts of 12 states of India. Several articles written or co-authored by him have been published. He took over as CEO of BRLF in January 2017.

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