South Asia has the largest working-age population in the world and therefore vast development potential, yet currently only 28% of women in the region have a job or are looking for one. Through this Outcomes Fund we want to unlock the potential of women and girls.

Gender inequality

  • Almost half of South Asia’s adult women are illiterate.
  • Rates of violence against women remain among the highest in the world. 
  • It is estimated that closing gender gaps in employment and entrepreneurship in South Asia would help grow the South Asian economy by about 25% (IMF estimate).

Using robust data and performance management systems, we will focus on outcomes-focused approaches that are proven to have impact. We will build partnerships and use these to take those approaches to scale.

Contact us

If you are interested in supporting women and girls and working on results-focused programmes, we would be pleased to hear from you.


Contact Abha.Thorat-Shah@britishasiantrust.org to discuss projects within the fund as well as opportunities for partnership and co-development.