Public Affairs Foundation (PAF) was established in 2003, as a not-for-profit company under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 (now Section 8, under the Companies Act 2013). It is primarily a knowledge-based organisation that is dedicated to improving the quality of public governance by providing advisory services which include developing customised knowledge products to improve social accountability. 

Dr. Samuel Paul established the Public Affairs Foundation. He was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. Dr Paul was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Advisor to the World Bank, UNDP.