The British Asian Trust joined key UK international funders in a round table debate on increasing public awareness of world development in the current economic climate.
“The recession is having more of an impact on developing countries as the gap between rich and poor widens,” said Trust Programme Manager Rabia Nusrat. “The developed world needs to work harder to live up to the Millennium Development Goals,” she said of the global action plan to end poverty by 2015.
Maintaining support for international causes at this critical time was highlighted during the discussion also attended by Madhu Rajesh, Trust Development Director. Improving education and engaging hard-to-reach audiences were identified as key areas.
The recent round table marked the launch of The Big Lottery Fund’s new International Communities programme. The new programme will channel funding into the poorest and most marginalised communities around the world through UK-based charities working overseas like The British Asian Trust. You can listen to Rabia’s and others’ comments in a podcast entitled interviews with other funders detailing the recession’s impact on world development on this page.