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Impact of COVID-19 on India’s Social Sector

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Civil Society Is a Necessity

The term ‘civil society’ has its roots in Aristotle’s Politics where it is referred to as a ‘political community’, commensurate with the Greek polis or ‘city-state’ — characterized by free citizens with a shared set of norms and ethos, and governed by the ‘rule of law’. In modern society, civil society is considered as the ‘third sector’ of society (the first two being government and business), comprising of non-government organizations, charities, community organizations, trade unions, social movements, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups. Their role is to influence social and political change and hold the state and the market accountable for their actions.

India is marked as ‘Repressed’ on CIVICUS’ Monitor Dashboard

The Regulatory Minefield

A complex legal framework makes it all the more difficult for nonprofits to be sustainable. From ambiguity and chaos with regard to registration and tax exemptions to FCRA regulations, laws pertaining to charity, and GST- navigating through the regulatory minefield leaves most organizations in a perpetual state of flux.

COVID19: A Triple Crisis

It is in this context that we assess the real impact of COVID19. The pandemic presents a triple crisis in India- health, economic, and social.

Break-up of non-profit funding from CSIP’s survey

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