The South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) is a network organisation engaged in addressing regional issues of common concern in South Asia. SACEPS has already established an institutional base, which is used to reach out to and network with some of the well established national institutions within the region, for promoting cooperation for peace and development amongst the countries and people of South Asia.

The core strength of the centre lies in its ability to network with various organisations, institutions and civil society. A number of leading educational institutions and think-tanks in the South Asian region are associated with SACEPS as collaborating institutions. The founding institutions include: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India; Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, India; Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), Kathmandu, Nepal; Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan; Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Marga Institute (MI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. Recently, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan; and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu, Nepal have also joined the SACEPS Network

SACEPS is an independent, non-profit, regional and non-governmental organisation working at the intersection of research and policy and is engaged in promoting policy dialogue, based on research. The objective is to create a meeting space that facilitates interaction not only between policymakers, business community and civil society but also with a wider constituency of people, concerned citizens, committed to promote regional cooperation in South Asia.

It is the policy of SACEPS to locate its Secretariat at partner institutions in different countries of the region by rotation for a period of three years, which has been extended on occasions whenever necessary and appropriate. At present, beginning January 2015, RIS, New Delhi, is the host institution for the SACEPS Secretariat.