The prospects for India as a rising power also depend upon how the country addresses domestic challenges and relations with its neighbors in the region. Our New Delhi office supports local initiatives to promote open, accountable, and inclusive governance and to facilitate India’s positive engagement in regional and global affairs.

Sagar Prasai,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – India

114 Jor Bagh (First Floor)
New Delhi – 110 003 India

Tel: +91-11-473-63100




Addressing Water Challenges

South Asia’s major rivers—the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra—are critical to economic growth, food and energy security, and sustainable development. However, due to population growth, industrial development, urbanization, ecological degradation, natural disasters, and climate change, these rivers are under considerable stress. To bring together people, ideas, and institutions in the region to collaboratively address these challenges, the Foundation is managing the Civil Society Fund of the South Asia Water Governance Program to support more than 40 civil society organizations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to collaborate, network, and engage with one another. Our objective is to support the sustainable, fair, inclusive, and climate resilient development of water resources and to improve the lives of communities affected by the governance and management of Himalayan Rivers.

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Improving Trade

Intraregional trade is critical to South Asian development but has stagnated since the 1990s. In 2016, we initiated a project to reduce barriers to food trade, worked with 375 stakeholders to improve trade in health services between India and Pakistan, and conducted four roundtable discussions supporting the Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and India, or BBIN initiative, focused on issues of trade, transit, water, and energy.

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