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The British Asian Trust
The British Asian Trust supports the development of a South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice.
We were founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales and a group of visionary leaders from the British Asian business community. Their active engagement continues to drive us forward.
We create change by developing and delivering impactful and lasting solutions to the challenges of poverty and injustice. By engaging at a grass-roots level, we enable people to truly unlock their potential. Already more than three million lives have been touched through our programmes in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
But it’s not just about the potential of those we support. We also help unlock philanthropic potential from the Asian diaspora and beyond. We’ve seen how our supporters appreciate deeply the way they can trust us to help them put their values and their compassion into action so that together we can transform lives.
Looking ahead we also strive to unlock the potential of new forms of support – developing from traditional grant-giving towards innovations such as impact investment and social enterprises.
Our future success will be driven in part by our proven power to bring people together. We act as a catalyst to convene those who share our vision. We believe in transcending traditional boundaries of countries and cultures so that together we can help support a South Asia that is better for all.
There is immense need in South Asia, home to 20% of the world’s population, but 50% of the world’s poorest people: almost 500 million surviving on less than $2 a day.
The sheer scale of the challenge demands a holistic approach. Our aim is to achieve greater impact for disadvantaged communities by working with those passionate about supporting people in South Asia.
Through research we identify the most urgent issues, together with innovative, high-impact, scalable solutions. We provide thought leadership and help supporters see where they can have the most impact.
We galvanise multiple stakeholders to form powerful alliances, bringing together vital funds, skills and influence. By mobilising collective action, we ensure the whole solution is greater than the sum of its parts.
We spotlight uncomfortable and taboo issues. We amplify the voices of the most marginalised and vulnerable people to inspire high impact action.
To find out more about the British Asian Trust please visit www.britishasiantrust.org