Mark Sidel

Regulatory and Policy Constraints on NGOs in South Asia: New Developments in the Region

This summer the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), a Washington-based international NGO that works to expand the policy and regulatory space for civil society organizations around the world, convened a meeting of NGO activists and pol-icy researchers from around South Asia to discuss new regulatory and policy constraints on NGOs in South Asia. The picture is mixed, but in a number of countries new restrictions are in place or under discussion on foreign funding for NGO and civil society activity, as well as new rules on NGO banking and financial activities and other measures. This talk with discuss these mixed developments.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. He recently completed service as President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He earlier worked at the Ford Foundation office in New Delhi and after that, with Ford support, coordinated a project on Philanthropy and Law in South Asia.