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.

Two men breakdancing as part of British Council's Say it Through Breakdancing programme

About the programme

Find out more about our approach and how our programme responds to the social and economic needs of developing countries.

Cultural Protection Fund

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.

Woman being filmed in Venezuela as part of British Council's Camara Chica project


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.

Performers on stage

Wider Europe

Promoting diverse societies and the participation of disabled people in social policy-making through inclusive arts practice.

Woman singing into microphone

Horn of Africa

The Arts and Active Citizens programme aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and development in the Horn of Africa (HoA).

Portrait from Mohamad Khayata’s photography collection ‘Stitching My Syria Back'

Middle East and North Africa

Our work in MENA focusses on building individual and community resilience, and aims to support recovery and transition in conflict-affected environments.

Visitors sat around a table, participating in a Maker Library Network workshop during the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa

In this programme we will work with creatives in the region to develop quality local digital content to increase visibility and access online.

Two women examining gems spread out on sheet of paper

South Asia

Our programme in South Asia seeks to promote connectivity and a shared cultural heritage and thus contribute to greater security and stability.

Woman artisan in East Asia

East Asia

Our work in East Asia will focus on providing learning opportunities for female artisans in the region.