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The British Asian Trust

The British Asian Trust wants to see a South Asia that is free from poverty where everyone can meet their full potential. The Trust was founded in 2007 by The former Prince of Wales and a group of visionary British Asian business leaders and entrepreneurs to tackle widespread poverty and inequality in South Asia.

It is a unique organisation, driven by the South Asian diaspora and by a powerful belief that if we are to tackle the scale and complexity of the challenges in South Asia, we have to be innovative and ambitious.

The British Asian Trust believes that traditional approaches to philanthropy and development will not, alone, solve the challenges of the region. It seeks new solutions that challenges the traditional development agenda, it helps to shape philanthropic giving for the greatest impact, and develops innovative models of financing for programmes and works with the private, public and not-for-profit sector.

The Trust’s programmes across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, tackle problems and inequalities in the areas of education, livelihoods, child protection, mental health and conservation and have helped transform the lives of more than 12 million people.

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Our Approach

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 a 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.

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