Knowledge and Policy
The Knowledge & Policy vertical of Asian Century Foundation focuses on priority areas of socio-economic development that are relevant to India’s growth aspirations. We aim to make available learnings and experiences from successes in other Asian countries, contextualized in relation to India. We work with a wide range of stakeholders in the government, private and social impact sectors adding value to their 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 China.
Our work on Urban Quality of Life (U-QUAL) makes available information on successful urban solutions from other Asian countries to further India’s urbanization agenda.
Our studies are focused on helping to improve health outcomes by identifying successful solutions and innovations from around Asia.
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 China and ASEAN countries.
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. China has emerged in recent years as one of the 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 590 million people, or 40% of the population, are expected to reside in urban areas. An estimated 525 million people are also expected to reside in the urban areas of the ASEAN countries by 2030. In the recent decades, China underwent a similar urban transformation, leading to a range of learnings for other rapidly urbanizing countries. Our work aims to make these learnings available to India’s ecosystem of scholars, policymakers, practitioners in the urbanization domain.
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.