Who We Are

Asian Century Foundation aims to build capacity for knowledge exchange among India and countries of East & Southeast Asia. We do this by creating avenues for Indian academia to research and for practitioners and policymakers to engage and work with their peers and top experts in other Asian countries.

Asian Century Foundation is a non-profit organization. All our work is focused on developmental areas of priority to India and the Global South.

Why Now

Emerging Global Influence

The Global South encompasses around three quarters of the world’s population, and Asia alone accounts for over half. This century is widely expected to be the Asian Century, with growing economies in Asia collectively overtaking the West in size and scale. China and India are poised to be at the frontier of this shift, and will significantly influence world affairs. Other fast-growing economies of ASEAN, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, are also following closely by expanding their own global imprint.

Recent Rapid Growth

Asian countries have developed & transformed rapidly over the last four decades, each with its own rich and unique experience of socio-economic development. It is now crucial to better understand the trajectories and shared challenges within Asia and the Global South.

Historical Significance

Asia has some of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. Dating back to 200 BCE, these cultures have engaged in areas such as mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. Asian countries share a rich history of travel, trade, and knowledge cross-pollination.

Cultural and Ecological Diversity

East and Southeast Asia are home to diverse populations and cultures, with a wide variety of topographies and habitats. We recognize the multifaceted identity of the region in an effort to imbue our work with the necessary nuance, and to emphasize the region’s rich environmental legacy.

Our Approach

The Asian Century Foundation aims to make an impact through our work in the areas of Education and Knowledge & Policy.


The Education vertical is committed to advancing high quality and accessible scholarly work that enables a deep and holistic understanding of our Asian neighbours amongst academia – scholars, students, educational institutions, policy makers and practitioners.

Knowledge & Policy

The Knowledge and Policy vertical aims to identify and enable exchange of meaningful and relevant knowledge, experiences and learnings in developmental areas of priority to India. This would be useful to inform and enrich our high priority socio-economic development policies and programs. Historically, our learning focus has been towards the West. However, at this moment in history, the Asian countries have more in common with each other, and offer untapped opportunities to learn from.


Asian Century Foundation
310-311 Narain Manzil
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Delhi 110001

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Email: info@asiancenturyfoundation.org
Phone: +91 11 40039300

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