Ms. Rohini Nilekani
The Foundation, chaired by Mrs. Rohini Nilekani
promotes participation, research and action in good governance across a wide range of sectors in India.
was set up in 2001 as a philanthropic fund from the personal assets of Ms Rohini Nilekani
to nurture initiatives in health, education, ecology, the arts and public governance.
In the past three years ARGHYAM has disbursed approximately Rs 10 million each year to various individuals and organizations working in these fields.
This grant of Rs 10 million to ATREE
is ARGHYAM's biggest single grant to date.
The grant from ARGHYAM Foundation
will support an Endowed Fellow at the Center.
The grant will also fund interdisciplinary research and action in conservation planning and management of natural resources, particularly water resources and biological diversity; develop decentralized, participatory models of co-management of natural resources; contribute to effective policy and good governance based on an understanding of the interactions between humans and their biological and physical surroundings; and strengthen the involvement of civil society in conservation.
Mrs. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of ARGHYAM says, "We at ARGHYAM are proud to set up a partnership with ATREE which has done seminal work in ecology research.
Mrs. Rohini Nilekani , President, ARGHYAM Foundation is the new Executive Board Member of ATREE from September 15, 2004.