The Arisaig Partners Foundation (APF) is a UK registered charity. It was founded in January 2004 to support charitable organisations in developing countries.
Until 2020 the APF primarily catered towards the educational needs of children in poor and disadvantaged communities by providing annual donations to over a dozen partners across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Today the APF focuses purely on gender equality with a strong bias towards water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and microfinance via subsidised loans to female entrepreneurs.
Granted since 2004*
Reached; 70% in Emerging Asia and 20% in Africa
And dozens of projects supported
Arisaig Partners, a boutique investment management
company headquartered in Singapore, contributes a
portion of its annual profits to the APF. Over the years,
these contributions along with strong investment returns
have enabled the Foundation to become financially self-
sustaining. It is staffed by volunteers from the Arisaig
The APF provides funding to projects and partner
organisations pursuing our core objective. Since inception
the Foundation has granted in excess of £4 million. Please
see our 2020 Review for more details.
Objectives of The
The APF has one core focus: to improve the lives and livelihoods of women, in particular young women and girls, within developing countries. We believe that women are overlooked both economically and socially within the emerging world and require support to remove societal impediments and to fulfil their potential.
We seek to partner with and support a tight group of local organisations in developing countries that are directly pursuing this objective. Our primary geographic focus is India, where over 600 million women and girls face a daily struggle to access basic rights such as health and sanitation, education, finance, and employment.
We are aware that solving these issues is a multi-decade project and favour partnering with long-term minded organisations for our grant-making.