The Diane Abbott Foundation undertakes research into the causes, and manifestations of, racial disparity in the United Kingdom. It brings together the work of the London Schools and the Black Child and Black Women Mean Business to provide training, mentorship, counselling and advocacy for black children in the school system and black business women.
In 1999, Diane Abbott founded an initiative known as London Schools and the Black Child, to address educational underachievement amongst black and minority ethnic children in London. Over the last 17 years the initiative has held large events and consultations, information gathered from which has been used to conduct research and to produce valuable reports, alongside running annual award ceremonies to celebrate achievement by its primary beneficiaries.
In 1993, Diane Abbott launched Black Women Mean Business which was set up to promote and support black business women. Since 1994, BWMB has hosted many conferences and national conventions bringing together thousands of business women and aspiring business women for training, networking and professional development.
· Extensive database
· Links with black and ethnic minority community organisations across the country
· Links with organisations willing to support individual events and schemes by providing venues and services in kind
· Volunteer network
· Academics and researchers
PROJECTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
· National and regional conferences
· Research and advocacy
· Mentoring and work placements
· Social mobility and development events and initiatives
The Diane Abbott Foundation undertakes research into the racial disparity in England and aims to help bridge the existing gap between where we are and where we should be.
Although Black and minority ethnic populations make up 14% of British population, the boardrooms of British companies and the student profiles at the top universities in the country do not reflect this diversity. UK citizen directors of colour represent only about 1.5% of the total director population.
Similarly, some top universities are averaging less than 10% BME enrolment. By 2051 the BME population will rise to over 30% and we need to be prepared for the new ‘face’ of Britain or risk being left behind.
In the 20 years of the LSBC and the 25 years of Black Women Mean Business, we have carried out and published significant research into education, learning and leadership and have identified many challenges faced by the Black and minority ethnic population. This research informs the aims of our charitable projects.