CEO Richard introduces you to The British Asian Trust
The British Asian Trust is the main international organisation linking the South Asian Diaspora to programmes supporting and empowering the poorest communities in South Asia.
We were founded in 2007 by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and leading British Asian entrepreneurs and business leaders to tackle widespread poverty and hardship in South Asia.
Our programmes are in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and we are excited to be expanding our work into Bangladesh. We have four key areas of work: anti-trafficking, education, livelihoods, and mental health and disability. We partner with local organisations that address these issues in practical and sustainable ways to make a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people.
This is an incredibly exciting period for the Trust having recently launched an $11 million Quality Education India Development Impact Bond (DIB). The DIB is focused on improving the quality of education in India, and we expect it to help 300,000 children improve their vital literacy and numeracy skills. We are now developing a wider portfolio of social finance initiatives to enable us to launch more large scale, outcomes-focused interventions across the region to transform hundreds of thousands more lives.
I future, we will continue focusing on innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to address critical issues in South Asia and in convening powerful cross sector partnerships to achieve social impact at scale.