British Asian Trust

Our Story

The British Asian Trust: founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales to tackle widespread poverty and hardship in South Asia. He engaged with the entrepreneurs of the British Asian diaspora, linking them with social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region.
 
Since then, we have become a trusted navigator and agenda setter. We convene funders, mobilise funding, raise awareness. As a result, we have made a real difference for more than three million people.

Our Vision

We want to see a South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice.

Our Vision

We want to see a South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice.

Our Mission

To unlock the potential of disadvantaged people in South Asia by maximising the impact and support from the Asian diaspora and beyond.

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 greater impact for disadvantaged communities by working with those passionate about supporting people in South Asia.

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Social finance

Traditional philanthropy is critical but given the magnitude of the social challenges we face globally it is imperative to start looking at creating impact at scale. The British Asian diaspora in the UK is seeking to look at development challenges through a new lens which helps to bring market based accountability and performance management systems to the social sector.

As the British Asian Trust embarks on this exciting journey, we are happy to be working on some very innovative social finance products like Development Impact Bonds for the South Asia region.

If interested in learning more about our Development Impact Bond work in India, please get in touch with Abha Thorat Shah at Abha.Thorat-Shah@britishasiantrust.org or Aditi Banerjee at Aditi.Banerjee@britishasiantrust.org 

Our Work

We are unlocking potential and changing lives. 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 British Asian business leaders. We back sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty and injustice, and enable people to truly unlock their potential. 

Our work has already touched more than three million lives in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We also help unlock philanthropic potential. 
Through us, our supporters turn their values and their compassion into action so that together we transform lives.

Looking ahead, we are developing beyond traditional grant-giving towards innovations such as impact investment and social enterprises. 

We succeed by convening all those who want to transcend traditional boundaries of countries and cultures to help support a South Asia that is better for all.

We have four key areas of work:

“My eyes wept, there was a stream of tears, but actually there was a fire inside and I was burning…the air around me had voices that told me to quieten down but my spirit didn’t want to…this was my face of shame…looked like I was only sad, but actually I was also very, very angry inside.”

Fanaa, a survivor of trafficking