Official development assistance

The British Council delivers projects that contribute to the UK's international development goals.  In 2014 -15, of the £154 million Grant-in-Aid funded through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, £100 million of British Council spend is classified as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Therefore 65 per cent of our grant from UK government contributes to the UK target of spending 0.7% Gross National Income on ODA

What is Official Development Assistance?

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is UK tax payers' money that supports aid and development in low to middle income countries. We deliver programmes that promote economic development and welfare in these countries which contribute to building trust and opportunity with the UK.

How does the British Council contribute to UK Official Development Assistance?

We work with UK and local partners to deliver Official Development Assistance programmes in developing and emerging economies and in fragile states. This includes working to enrich the quality of education through support to system reform, training teachers of English, developing international school partnerships and international higher education. We support economic growth by supporting social enterprise and the creative economy and we help build stronger, safer societies through our programmes in the rule of law, governance, civil society and the arts.

Our Official Development Assistance programmes and projects

Find out about some of our programmes and projects 

Our Education programmes

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme offering school partnerships and professional development for teachers.

UK India Education Research Initiative aims to enhance educational links between India and the UK.

Our Arts programmes

Brazil Transform is a new arts and creativity programme over four years, aiming to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil for mutual benefit and long-term impact.

World Voice is a musical cultural exchange focusing on a mode of expression that children from all backgrounds and cultures are familiar with and enjoy - song.

Our English programmes

Bihar Language Initiative In Secondary Schools (BLISS) provides access to high quality teaching and learning materials to the Bihar community in India, as well as increased awareness of the value of English for employability.

Our Society programmes

Active Citzens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.

Social Enterprise: We promote the development of social enterprise and social investment to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for us all.

Our Official Development Assistance financial data

You can access our latest financial data reports below.

With the Foreign and Commonwealth Office we are signed up to an international agreement to report aid expenditure according to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and you can find our published data on the FCO and IATI websites listed below.