The foundation has been working in India since 1952. Over the past 60 years we have made more than 3,500 grants in the region, totaling more than $508 million to nearly 1,250 diverse institutions. We are proud of our ongoing partnership with India's government, universities, charitable sector, and civil society, as well as the many South Asian regional organizations with which we work.
As we renew our program strategy for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, the foundation seeks to respond to key opportunities and challenges in a dynamic region—one with extraordinary economic growth, innovation, and democratic institutions, as well as great inequality. In India, as we have reset our operating status with government by registering as a branch office, we are exploring key entry points for responding to inequality and building on innovations driven by the communities, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and universities of South Asia.
This next generation of the foundation’s strategy will be in keeping with our long-standing commitment to advancing justice and fairness for all the region’s people. We have always believed that the best way to fulfill our mission is to support the efforts of the people who live and work closest to specific problems. That principle remains at the core of our work in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and around the world.
The Ford Foundation New Delhi office operates in India as a branch office of the foundation, with the permission of the Reserve Bank of India under the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 2017. We comply with all applicable laws in India, including auditing and disclosure procedures required by the Government of India.
All of the organizations we support in India are regulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and all of the grants we make are compliant with the act.