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Accelerating self-sufficiency & prosperity

Crown Agents Foundation

Crown Agents is wholly owned by the Crown Agents Foundation

This makes us a not-for-profit company.

Crown Agents Foundation uses our profits to research development solutions which support our vision of accelerating self-sufficiency and prosperity.  In 2018 we began a programme to explore the potential of frontier technologies to help communities access basic services, inform humanitarian response and hold governments to account.

We are:

  • Exploring pioneering drone use in Africa for last mile delivery
  • Powering remote off-grid communities in Zimbabwe and Kenya using innovative solar technology
  • Exploring blockchain uses for pharmaceutical track and trace

As our sole shareholder, the Foundation appoints the Crown Agents Board and meets each year to review our accounts. As our sole shareholder, they also safeguard our not-for-profit ethos, making sure we always stay true to our vision of accelerating self-sufficiency and prosperity.

The Crown Agents Council – a group of 9 individuals – meets twice a year to review the work we do.

Our Foundation Council Members

  • HRH the Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, President
  • Paul Batchelor, Vice President
  • Marie Staunton
  • Jenny Borden
  • Beatrice Devlin
  • Dr Mohan Kaul
  • Mary Reilly FCA
  • Keith White CBE
  • David Richardson

Our Foundation Member Organisations

  • Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva)
  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • The Chartered Institute of Building
  • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • International Chamber of Commerce UK
  • The Royal Commonwealth Society
  • The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • AMREF – African Medical and Research Foundation
  • British Expertise
  • British Standards Institution
  • CARE International UK
  • Caribbean Council
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
  • Concern Worldwide (Dublin)
  • Practical Action
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Transparency International (UK)
  • Unilever plc