Find out more about our approach and how our programme responds to the social and economic needs of developing countries.
Culture and Development
Creative responses to development challenges.
Culture and Development is a two-way process. Our work looks at the role of arts and culture in an international development context, and explores creative responses to the social and economic needs of developing countries. This contributes to the building of a safer, healthier and more prosperous world.
In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched a £30 million fund to protect cultural heritage overseas at risk due to conflict.
Over the next few years, we will work with our colleagues in the Americas to deliver a series of creative approaches to support young people at risk in the region.
Promoting diverse societies and the participation of disabled people in social policy-making through inclusive arts practice.
The Arts and Active Citizens programme aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and development in the Horn of Africa (HoA).
Our work in MENA focusses on building individual and community resilience, and aims to support recovery and transition in conflict-affected environments.
In this programme we will work with creatives in the region to develop quality local digital content to increase visibility and access online.
Our programme in South Asia seeks to promote connectivity and a shared cultural heritage and thus contribute to greater security and stability.
Our work in East Asia will focus on providing learning opportunities for female artisans in the region.