Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) was established in 1996 as an Asian initiative to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities particularly in the areas of children education, child rights, women empowerment and youth leadership development.
ARF was also conceived as a mechanism to mobilize human and financial resources to respond to the emergency needs of the people affected by natural disaster which includes emergency relief and reconstruction program.
Asia being multi-cultural region, ARF was seen as a platform for interfaith and intercultural cooperation for peace and development. Despite its Asian origin, since its inception, ARF has established links and cooperation with philanthropic individuals and organizations.
The international secretariat is responsible for programs operating in 15 Asian and Middle Eastern countries. ARF has 3 countries offices in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan and field offices in Central and Southern Thailand.