World Vision’s globally-funded programming in India

Friday, January 19, 2024

World Vision is profoundly disappointed to learn that after a lengthy suspension, our licence to receive international funds has been cancelled by the government of India, with no recourse for a period of three years. This ruling means that World Vision India is no longer permitted to receive funding from abroad. It will have a significant impact for many vulnerable people across the country in the coming years. 

While we do not view this as an isolated issue, as other organisations in India have experienced similar rulings in recent years, the news is difficult to receive. World Vision India has been unable to receive international funds into the bank account designated to receive them since November 2022, when our licence was suspended. 

We are heartbroken for the vulnerable children and families of India we have served over more than half a century in the country. We are concerned for our staff and former staff, too. They have shown tremendous dedication during the uncertainty of the last year. 

It should be noted that the cancellation only affects our internationally-funded work, not World Vision India’s ability – as a national NGO – to operate in the country. Where programmes are fully funded by supporters within India, there is no change to the work being done by them. And across the country, our commitment to vulnerable children and their communities remains unchanged.  

World Vision values our many loyal donors from around the world and our resolute hope is that our office in India will be able to resume receiving their support one day soon to meet the continuing need. 

World Vision India is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, with its own Board of Directors. It is fully subject to local laws and regulations, and has a long and successful history of operating this way. We have been working in India for decades and will continue to operate, relying on generous support from within the country and focused on our commitment to the children of India. 

World Vision’s work has impacted 2.6 million children nationwide over the years. World Vision India values the dedication of more than 28,000 Indian sponsors, several corporate brands, many business partners, child-focused civil society organisations, grant funding agencies and government departments. 

World Vision India is a Christian, humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation that focuses on the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or social background.  

World Vision India has had a presence in over 6,200 urban, rural and tribal communities spread over almost 200 districts in 24 states and one union territory, and our work has been widely recognised and appreciated by governments and the people of India.