About BGFA


We are an international NGO, formally registered in Sri Lanka and to be registered in several other countries where we operate.

Our secretariat is headed by a Secretary General who oversees the work of highly qualified programme managers, programme assistants, IT experts and administrative assistants.

We develop and implement our development interventions under the guidance and supervision of an Advisory Council, which consist of ten esteemed persons with varied backgrounds as ministers, academicians, technical experts and development specialists.

We deliver our projects and programmes together with a Network of Experts comprising of technical experts such as economists recruited with the details of each project and programme particularly in mind.

We ensure that our projects and programmes carry true impact with as far an outreach as possible by enlisting the support of Collaborative Partners, including civil society organizations at national and regional level including religious associations, artist societies such as musicians, film stars etc, Chambers of commerce, industry associations and international development organizations


What makes Bridging the gap foundation Asia’s work to promoting development by bridging capacity gaps unique is the nature of our interventions and the way we deliver them. Indeed, we are not a charity that aims to address issues through one-time interventions, but rather we are a non-profit organization led by eminent development experts who aim to provide sustainable solutions that solve the underlying issues for good.

We are also differentiated in our field by the strong support it receives from the BGFA Advisory Council. Comprising some of the most eminent individuals from the region who share between themselves an innumerable amount of experience in managing regional development organizations, the Advisory Council brings an added dimension of competence and credibility to BGFA’s activities from drafting to implementation. In addition, our activities are carried on by a world-class network of experts, all of whom are committed to making development and bridging the gaps reality in Asia today. Our experts bring their true and tested skills and expertise, which they share widely to the region through numerous publications, training courses and the like.

It is this singular combination of expertise, experience and heart-felt commitment to help that makes BGFA an unparalleled partner in delivering practical solutions to filling development gaps.


  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty reduction
  • Governance


We strive for an Asian future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy of a long life with decent living standards.


We aim to make our vision reality by bridging the social, economic and environmental gaps that lie both between and within Asian countries.

We will engage in interventions that produce tangible impacts on the millions of marginalized and under-privileged in Asia and all of its subregions.


We believe that the best way to promote development is by bridging the gaps that are in the way of progress. These gaps come in many forms, ranging from knowledge, finance and material issues to matters concerning technological to informational access and beyond. Each country faces a unique mixture of gaps and thus requires a unique form of intervention. This is why we always begin with a thorough gap assessment. This assessment gives us the evidence of the need, and guides us on how to best address the gap.



Dr. Ravi Ratnayake is an International Economist with over 30 years of experience in the areas of economic development, trade and investment and macroeconomics and worked as an economic advisor, UN Director, university professor, senior public official and researcher. During his UN career, he advised governments and private sector of more than 35 developing countries in Asia and Pacific and beyond in their efforts to develop their economies through economic growth, poverty reduction and business development. Most notably, Dr. Ratnayake was the Director of Trade and Investment Division and worked as the Chief Economist of the United Nations ESCAP, the regional arm of UN for Asia and the Pacific which promotes economic and social progress of developing countries.

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