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, together with some of the most influential Asian business leaders and entrepreneurs in the UK.
Our main programmes are in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the thematic areas in which we work are anti-trafficking, education, livelihoods and mental health. 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 successfully established a strong brand and reputation across key sections of the South Asian Diaspora and supported some tremendous grassroots organisations in South Asia, we are now at a point of transition and major growth. This growth will be driven by the impact we seek to make in South Asia, so our programmes in the region will scale-up substantially.
We will be taking a unique approach. We will be a disruptive player in the international space, finding new ways of working and playing a role in transforming the way organisations “do international development”. In addition to NGOs, we will support entrepreneurs, social enterprise and the private sector. We will develop a range of financial instruments for supporting these partners – social investment, impact investing, bonds, equity as well as grants.