Participants from the New for Old programme visiting a Tai Lue community of textile weavers in Nan Province, northern Thailand. ©

Simon Mills

Our global network

We rely on the British Council’s global network, expertise and presence on the ground to deliver culture programmes that contribute to the social and economic advancement of developing countries.

We work closely with colleagues and partners worldwide to deliver these programmes locally and raise awareness of the value of culture in development contexts, and the value of this work to the UK. 

The value of the arts culture in international development contexts  has been recognised in the British Council’s Arts Strategy, clearly positioning Arts for Social Change as a core pillar of our work.

We AIm To:

  • extend safe spaces for culture, creative exploration and exchange
  • build trust, enable dialogue and present marginalised voices
  • support the protection of cultural heritage and expression of cultural identities.

Work across seven regions

Having piloted our Culture and Development programme (previously named Golden Thread programme) in ODA countries across the world (the Americas, East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa , Middle East, North Africa and  South Asia), we have now agreed a focus in each of these regions for the next three to five years, inlcuding wider Europe.

You can find out more about the pilot programme by reading our external evaluation report, available for download on this page. 

Our regional programmes