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Since 2015, programmes managed by the British Council have been recognised by key industry bodies, such as British Expertise and Bond. In addition to employing innovative and adaptive approaches, these programmes are delivered in partnership with local organisations, in often challenging contexts, to yield sustainable results.

Explore our award-winning and shortlisted programmes in the sections below. 

Highly Commended at the 2017 British Expertise Awards

The Nigeria Justice for All (J4A) programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), aims to improve the capability, accountability and responsiveness of key organisations in the safety, security and justice sector to support better service delivery. Working in collaboration with local civil society organisation, J4A has been credited with establishing Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs). These centres are crucial in bridging the gap between policing, medical and social work, providing victims of gender based violence with immediate and free emergency medical treatment, forensic medical examination by specially trained doctors and nurses, and crisis support by specially trained counsellors. 

Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Football, an innovative programme that uses football to tackle issues of violence against women and girls in western Kenya, was also commended at the awards. This three year pilot initiative, funded by DFID and delivered in partnership with the Premier League together with UK and Kenyan civil society organisations, seeks to contribute towards the reduction of gender based violence by demonstrating that football is transformative in enabling women and girls to live free from violence and enhancing girls’ ability to claim their rights.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Bond Collaboration Award

The Pyoe Pin programme, funded by DFID and the Swedish and Danish international development agencies, promotes inclusive, accountable and fair governance in Burma (Myanmar) to underpin a more open, prosperous and peaceful country. The programme’s ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law in Myanmar' project was recognised for its role in passing Burma’s first  ever Legal Aid Law by being shortlisted for the 2017 Bond Collaboration Award. 

Winner of the ‘Outstanding International Development Project (Non-Infrastructure)’ category at the 2016 British Expertise Award

The impact of the Ethiopia Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in the field of civil society strengthening was recognised at the 2016 British Expertise International Awards, where it won the award for ‘Best International Development Project (Non-Infrastructure).’ 

The CSSP, funded by DFID, Irish Aid, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of the Netherlands and the Canadian International Development Agency, was held up as a shining example of effective and innovative capacity development programming. It was also recognised for supporting Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to the country’s national development, poverty reduction and advancement of good governance. 

Winner of the ‘Outstanding International Development Project in a Fragile State’ category at the 2015 British Expertise Awards

Our Pyoe Pin programme in Burma (Myanmar) was the winner in the ’Outstanding International Development Project in a Fragile State’ category at the 2015 British Expertise Awards. 

Pyoe Pin is funded by DFID and the Swedish and Danish international development agencies. The award recognised the exemplary work of the programme as it continually strives to support social, political and economic inclusivity, and to build the capacity of civil society in the country to participate in key decision-making processes.