The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation

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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. Read country overview.

CSF India

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is a DFID-supported program that supports civil society and community engagement on transboundary water issues in the South Asia region. The Fund seeks to improve the lives of communities, especially of vulnerable groups, including women, affected by decisions made regarding the governance and management of Himalayan Rivers in order to deliver sustainable, fair, inclusive, and climate resilient development of water resources.

South Asia's major rivers – the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra – are critical to economic growth, food and energy security, and sustainable development of countries in the region. Over the last few decades, these rivers have sustained considerable stress from population growth, industrial development, urbanization, ecological degradation, natural disasters, and climate change. To bring together people, ideas and, institutions in the region to collaboratively address these challenges over a two-year period (2016-2017), the Civil Society Fund will support civil society organizations in seven focus countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to collaborate, network, and engage with one another across the region. The call for proposals closed on March 22, 2016. Read more.


The brutal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi in 2012 brought a new level of urgency and international attention to the lack of women's security in India. The Foundation supports the protection of the women's basic security; open, accountable, and inclusive governance; and India's constructive engagement in regional and global affairs. Last year, to scale up the ability of law enforcement agencies to respond to victims of violence and enhance their sensitivity and understanding of gender, we supported the Centre for Social Research (CSR) to provide training to hundreds of police officers in New Delhi. Officers were trained on human rights, the Indian Constitution, protection of women under the Indian Penal Code, and specific laws that protect women and children against violence. Officers learned how this violence occurs, prevention strategies, and how to intervene. We also supported CSR's Crisis Centers in New Delhi, including workshops to educate men and boys from urban communities about gender equality, violence against women, and how to file a first information report (FIR) with the police.

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