The Asia Foundation

Supports India's engagement in regional and global affairs while improving urban governance and enhancing women's security

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  • New Delhi, Delhi


The Asia Foundation supports programs on transboundary water governance, intra-regional trade, trafficking in persons and international development co Read moreoperation in India. In the area of transboundary water governance, the organisation supports policy research and stakeholder engagement through its initiatives. In 2016, the Foundation launched the Civil Society Fund of the South Asia Water Governance Program and is working with over 40 CSOs across the region on issues related to the management of the Himalayan rivers. In 2017, the Foundation partnered with Australia’s Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio with an aim to support South Asian cooperation on food, energy and water security through national and regional dialogue. In the area of human trafficking in the year 2016, the Foundation collaborated with the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan to publicise anti-TIP laws and build the capacity of legal aid services, child rights commissions and civil society organisations. It has also partnered with Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Ranchi to rescue and repatriate several child trafficking victims through its transit home in New Delhi. Also, the Foundation is working towards fostering south-south cooperation through its initiatives in research, capacity building and international dialogue on effectiveness of aid. Since 2007, the Foundation has invited 27 young diplomats from India’s Ministry of External Affairs to attend a two-week seminar on U.S. foreign policy at George Washington University, followed by two weeks of site visits in various parts of the country, to develop a better understanding of U.S. policymaking within India’s Foreign Service. Further, the Foundation's urban governance program aims to strengthen citizen-government relations, improve urban services and build the capacity of elected urban leaders with a special focus on women. It has collaborated with the think tank CUTS International to develop a City Mayor's Learning Platform to provide mayors and deputy mayors in Rajasthan with a forum for sharing best practices. Additionally, it also provides grants to local partners to raise awareness and counter violence against women. It has partnered with NGO Shakti Shalini that runs a Delhi-based shelter for survivors of domestic violence and has worked with local police on 105 cases of sexual assault and molestation. Further, it has partnered with various organisations which are using creative communication tools to educate young men against street harassment, child marriage and conducting professional workshops on humane approach to handle victims of sexual violence who seek medical or legal help.


  • Gender
  • Governance
  • Human Rights


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114, Jor Bagh (First Floor)

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