Now, 10 foreign donors on ‘prior clearance’ list

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NEW DELHI: As many as 10 foreign donor agencies working in fields like climate change and anti-slavery advocacy were recently added to the list of foreign organisations who require prior clearance of the home ministry to make contributions to Indian NGOs.
The agencies are European Climate Foundation, Freedom Fund, Minderoo, Humanity United, Stardust, Walk Free Foundation, Omidyar Network India, Laudes Foundation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation and Legatum Fund. An RBI communication to banks dated July 1 had instructed that funds coming from these donors to FCRA-registered associations in India should be first reported to the MHA.
While the reason for the putting the 10 donors on 'prior clearance' list is not clear, some NGOs like Walk Free Foundation have in the past put out slavery reports showing India in poor light.

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