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April 24, 2015

India Sets Hurdles for Ford Foundation to Spend in Country

India's government has ordered the Ford Foundation to get official clearance before dispensing grants in the country, the latest in a series of steps by New Delhi to crack down on foreign funding of Indian activist and aid groups, the Associated Press reports. India's Home Ministry said the move was needed to make sure funding from one of the largest U.S. philanthropies is used for "bona fide welfare activities."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has raised alarms about philanthropic support for what the government views as foreign efforts to undermine India's economic growth. Earlier this month the government temporarily suspended the charitable registration of Greenpeace, which has rallied local activists against heavy industrial projects. The Ford Foundation said it had "no information" about the clearance order, adding, "We are confident in our work and compliance with the law and look forward to the outcome of this inquiry."