COVID-19, Corporatisation and Closing Space: the triple threat to civil society in India

Hosted by the Department of International Development

Online public event


Ingrid Srinath

Ingrid Srinath

Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University

Professor David Lewis

Professor David Lewis

Professor of Anthropology and Development in the Department of International Development, LSE


Dr Duncan Green

Dr Duncan Green

Professor in Practice and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB

Ingrid Srinath will discuss COVID-19, corporatisation and the threat to civil society in India. 

Ingrid Srinath is the founder Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University, the first academic centre in South Asia to focus on these themes. CSIP has produced path-breaking research on philanthropic flows, the impact of changes in foreign funding and of COVID-19, the non-profit ecosystem and regulatory reform, besides providing world class capacity building programmes for non-profit leaders and young people starting their careers in the sector.

David Lewis is Professor of Anthropology and Development in the Department of International Development. He has written extensively on NGOs and civil society in Asia, including in Bangladesh and the Philippines. He has a growing interest in representations of development in popular culture, including music, fiction and film, and is a Faculty Advisory Group member in the LSE South Asia Centre.

Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012). His daily development blog can be found on

This talk is part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2021/22, series, a high-profile lecture series run by the Department of International Development at LSE and organised by Professor James Putzel and Professor in Practice Duncan Green.

The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. 

Twitter Hashtag for this series: #CuttingEdge2021

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