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January 08, 2016

India Lifts Restrictions on Ford Foundation Activities

The Indian government has removed the Ford Foundation from a list of international nonprofits requiring official clearance to spend money in the country, The Hindu reports. The move follows the U.S. philanthropy's agreement to a government demand that it register under Indian legislation regulating foreign exchanges and ends an eight-month dispute between Ford and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration.

India placed the foundation on the "prior permission" list last April amid a larger crackdown on foreign funding of Indian nonprofits, which activists contend is aimed at blunting opposition to government economic-development efforts. Groups on the roster must get government approval for any transfers of funds from abroad into their Indian bank accounts. Ford came under scrutiny over grants to advocacy groups led by Teesta Setalvad, a civil-rights activist and Modi critic.