South Asia is home to 27% of the world's poorest people. 730 million people there are surviving on less than $2.5 a day.

We work with the South Asian diaspora, as well as businesses, government, foundations and civil society, to build programmes that support vulnerable people in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The key focus areas of our work are: education, livelihoods, anti-trafficking and mental health.

Happening now

  • Embracing social finance

    Through innovative approaches to managing money, such as the use of Development Impact Bonds, we are driving a transformation in how development works.

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  • Our projects are suitable for Zakat

    We offer an organised, secure and compliant Zakat initiative. 100% of your Zakat will go directly to people in need. Find out more about how we are set up for Zakat giving.

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Royal Founding Patron

“The British Asian Trust supports projects that do not just respond to the effects of poverty and disadvantage, but actually improve situations in ways that are real and enduring.”

- HRH The Prince of Wales, Royal Founding Patron

How you can support us

We bring together donors, investors, delivery organisations and other key stakeholders to maximise the impact of our programmes.

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  • Blogs

    Opening doors

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  • Blogs

    Impact Bonds for Bangladesh – How innovative finance can help Bangladesh continue its trajectory on development

    Impact Bonds For Bangladesh – How Innovative Finance Can Help Bangladesh Continue Its Trajectory On Development (2)
  • Blogs

    Breaking down barriers

    Breaking Down Barriers
  • Blogs

    Empowering the youth

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