The principles below reflect Kamla Foundation's beliefs about the role of philanthropy and the impact it wants this Foundation to have. The principles guide what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.

While many of them are fundamental to the way we operate, we will remain open to amending them as we grow and learn more about our work.


  • We listen attentively to the people with whom we work and to each other. This kind of listening deepens intercultural understanding and allows lasting relationships to develop.
  • We demand ethical behaviour of ourselves.
  • We treat our grantees as valued partners, and we treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect.
  • We treat each other as valued colleagues.
  • We respect the spiritual and cultural roots of individuals and communities we serve.
  • Our focus is clear and limited and prioritises some of the most neglected issues.
  • We seek long-term solutions that will support economic independence while remaining committed to methods that are environmentally sound.
  • Delivering tangible results with the resources we have been given is paramount and we will share information about those results.
  • We promote solutions that come from within individuals and communities. This principle is inherent in Kamla Foundation's concept of self-reliance.
  • We will measure the risks, but sometimes take them anyway as we are dedicated to long-term and lasting change. Short-term failures can be great teachers.
Ghandi

"Poverty is the worst form of violence"

Patrons: Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE
Sir Martin Narey © 2007 Kamla Foundation | Registered Charity Number: 1122840