James believes international development is an issue that has to be addressed directly and he has been working with the Department for International Development (DFID) on a number of projects, notably education programmes in Pakistan. He is proud to have been able to fund the construction and running of his own school in his town of birth, which hundreds of local children can attend for free. He has an extensive understanding of the challenges one faces in implementing charitable projects in Pakistan and the UK.
“I believe that every child has a right to education. Giving people a chance in life and schooling is at the heart of fighting poverty and maintaining security in Pakistan. This programme will deliver the benefit of education to millions of children, in turn equipping them with the knowledge and skills to work, providing a much-needed long-term boost to the economy. I am delighted to be involved with this initiative and to have the opportunity of giving something back.”
As part of his work with DFID, James travelled to Pakistan in February 2010 to explore ways in which he can apply his extensive business experience to improve Pakistan’s education system. During his stay he discovered how the UK is working with the Pakistani Government to improve the quality of education and looking to ensure that the 6 million children currently not attending school in Pakistan have the chance to get an education.