Talent Management in the Indian Social Sector

About the study


The Indian development sector is one of the world’s largest and most active social economies. Identifying and retaining organisational talent remains a significant challenge affecting the growth, scale, and capacity of social sector organisations. Emergent issues related to talent and leadership in the sector have been partly addressed by a few studies that have focused on select types of organisations or talent segments in the sector. However, there was a need for exhaustive research on talent management (including structures, policies, processes for management and compensation of talent) which could potentially guide the relevant stakeholders, including non-profit organisations, foundations, donors, CSRs, and corporates, in strategic decision-making. To address the existing knowledge gap, the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP), along with the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), undertook this study titled “Talent Management in the Indian Social Sector.”


The study aimed to enable civil society organisations, philanthropists, foundations, and the development ecosystem to create a conducive environment to attract, nurture and grow talent in the Indian social sector. In particular, the goals of the study are to:

  • Map the current talent management and compensation practices in the sector.
  • Draw attention to critical knowledge gaps on talent management and compensation practices in the social impact sector.
  • Provide a set of actionable recommendations to key stakeholders of the social impact sector