Research and Policy Advocacy

VANI campaigns for a conducive legal and fiscal environment for the Indian voluntary sector in the national and state levels. Certain provisions of laws governing voluntary organisations (VOs) like the Societies Registration Act of 1860, the Indian Trusts Act (1882), the Charitable and Religious Trust Act (1920), Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act (1950), Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976 (FCRA) and by similar legislations of the states have become obsolete or redundant. These laws impede rather than enable the work of VOs. There is a greater need for the promotion of voluntarism than for its regulation.

VANI, in consultation with other voluntary organisations, calls for the assessment and amendment of these laws in order to secure policies that enlarge rather than restrict the space for voluntary action in India. It is pushing for the adoption of a National Policy for the Voluntary Sector. This alternative policy seeks to simplify VOs access to funds and the process of VO registration, and to make VOs more involved in designing, managing and monitoring development programmes.

Being an independent voice of the sector, VANI raises these concerns at different levels - from the local to the international. In the year 2016-2017, VANI continued its ongoing advocacy on new emerging issues in addition to the older ones.