Colin Jacobs

The British Council supports peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through education, arts and culture, and the English language. We create opportunities for our stakeholders and achieve positive impact through our work, supported by over 9,000 staff working across seven regions and in over 200 countries and territories.

How we work

Our ambitious goals can only be achieved by working with others. By working in partnership, our organisations can combine their impact, innovation, and influence. Our highly capable delivery infrastructure and our engagement across the globe have enabled us to build an extensive network of deep-rooted relationships with governments, institutions, civil society organisations and individuals. Our ability to work at scale places us in a unique position to support positive change – in countries and territories, across regions, and globally.

We are expert and responsive. We operate using the British Council’s global workforce planning tool enabling us to call on over 350 dedicated project management personnel and over 4000 quality assured specialists from the UK and in country. We can rapidly deploy the most appropriate expert staff.

We are diverse and inclusive. Our on-the-ground teams bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our projects as well as unparalleled networks with local government and partners. Our goal is to develop inclusive programmes and projects that bring together people with different experiences and backgrounds.

We work in partnership to tackle social, economic, and cultural inequalities by providing access to education, skills and arts and culture to change mindsets and lives. We support governments in the following ways.

  • Thought leadership: We convene engaging global, regional, and country-level policy dialogues.
  • Research and insight: We ask questions, gather insight and commission robust, research. Everything we do is underpinned by the latest evidence of what works, and where. 
  • Solutions for change: Our experienced teams deliver technical assistance to jointly identify and embed bespoke solutions at scale, using appropriate educational technologies.

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