Knowledge and Policy

The Knowledge & Policy vertical of Asian Century Foundation focuses on priority areas of socio-economic development. We aim to build knowledge products, create knowledge exchange pathways, and establish networks among actors in the Global South. We work with a wide range of stakeholders in the government, academic, private and social impact sectors adding value to existing programs and helping create new initiatives.


Our sustainability program aims to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.


Our work supports India’s Science & Technology ecosystem players with learnings & experiences from around the world.


Our work on Urban Quality of Life (U-QUAL) makes available information on recent innovative good practices in the urban sector from countries in the Global South. 


Our studies are focused on helping to improve health outcomes by identifying successful solutions and innovations.


Climate change has severely affected life across Asia, and some of the worst-hit countries are on this continent. The deadline for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 is on the horizon and countries are on the path to improve sustainability of national and local processes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify to more renewable energy sources, conserve water resources, and build resilience amongst communities. The Asian Century Foundation seeks to build an understanding within the Indian ecosystem of successfully implemented solutions from East and Southeast Asia.

Learn more about our ACF Dialogues on Sustainable Mobility

Science & Technology

India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Science has come to be regarded as a powerful instrument of growth and development, especially in today’s competitive global economy. In the wake of the recent developments and new demands that are being placed on the system, Science & Technology policy & implementation is a key priority. Many East and Southeast Asian countries have emerged in recent years as global leaders in the Science & Technology arena in a relatively short period of time. ACF’s work in this area is focused on understanding this transformation and seeking relevant best practices.

Urban Quality of Life (U-QUAL)

India is urbanizing at a fast pace, with 34% of the population living in urban areas. By 2030, an estimated 607 million people, or 40% of the population, are expected to reside in urban areas. An estimated 1.6 billion people are also expected to reside in the urban areas of East and Southeast Asian countries by 2030. Our work aims to make learnings from these countries available to India’s ecosystem of scholars, policymakers, practitioners in the urbanization domain.

Learn more about our ACF Dialogues on Resilient and Inclusive Cities


The provision of adequate and affordable healthcare remains a crucial challenge. As countries strive to provide adequate access to healthcare, expand health insurance and improve healthcare outcomes, ACF’s work seeks to inform influencers of scalable and innovative solutions from past experiences in Asian countries, in areas such as primary healthcare delivery, digital health and building capacity.

ACF Dialogues: Digital Health Policy Briefs, Dialogues 1-3