The British Council continue to be active in delivering international development projects worldwide. Since April, we've signed contracts on over 15 projects – below are brief descriptions of a selection.

Key to acronyms

DFID – Department for International Development

FCO – Foreign and Commonwealth Office

HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

VAWG – Violence Against Women and Girls

CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

CSSF – Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

M&E – Monitoring and Evaluation

TVET – Technical and Vocational Education and Training

NAGGF – North Africa Good Governance Fund

CSO – Civil Society Organisation

NGO – Non-governmental Organisation



Title: Programme to strengthen teaching practices 2019-2022

Country: Colombia

Client: Ministry of Education, Government of Colombia

Sector: EES; Schools

Value: £925,481

Length: 8 months

Description: The British Council and Ministry of Education will join efforts in implementing teacher training initiatives around four pillars: Strengthening teaching practices – ‘Inspiring Teachers’; Innovative learning environments; Teacher development pathways; Strengthening and designing materials for curriculum implementation. The project will last three years in total; this is the first phase.



Title: Tackling Modern Slavery from Vietnam

Country: Vietnam

Client: Home Office

Sector: Justice

Value: £847,000

Length: 30 months

Description: This is an inter-agency programme for behaviour change, access to justice and reintegration support. The consortium is led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in close collaboration with the British Council and World Vision. The British Council will focus on strengthening the judicial responses to human trafficking by enhancing access to justice for victims of trafficking (VoTs) and potential victims of trafficking (PVoTs) by strengthening effectiveness in prosecution and implementation of amended trafficking legislation.


Title: Towards Results in Education and English (TREE)

Country: Myanmar

Client: DFID

Sector: Schools

Value: £11,995,307

Length: 60 months

Description: The project aims to strengthen English language education in Myanmar by improving the quality of teaching of teacher educators and teachers and providing academic oversight of management staff in Teacher Education Institutions and the Department of Teacher Education and Training.



Title: EU Scholarship Programme for Turkish Cypriot Community

Country: Cyprus

Client: European Commission

Sector: Higher Education and Science

Value: £4,424,779

Length: 43 months

Description: This is the third PAGoDA contract to manage and deliver the EU Scholarship Awards to the Turkish Cypriot community (TCc) in Northern Cyprus. The programme supports the objective of the European Commission in its efforts to bring the TC community closer to the EU by providing educational and professional opportunities in any of the 28 EU member states. The new contract covers two calls for the academic years 2019/20 and 2020/21. The scholarship programme is expected to benefit 150-170 individuals in each academic year.



Title: Improving work opportunities for young people in the Commonwealth

Country: Global / multi-region

Client: Cabinet Office

Sector: Skills

Value: £1,999,467

Length: 18 months

Description: The aim of the project is to improve the employment prospects of young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, by piloting and introducing new approaches to employer-led skills development. It will focus on skills training centres and the implementation of new policies to enhance apprenticeships and work-related learning.



Title: Teaching for Success II

Country: Tunisia

Client: FCO

Sector: EES

Value: £1,540,000

Length: 12 months

Description: This is a significant scale-up and renewal for a further year of the English Language Support Programme (ELSP) that finished in March. The project aims to contribute to a more successful transition from education to employment for young Tunisians, which in turn will enhance prosperity and contribute to greater stability and security.



Title: TA Facility for Schools Sector Development Programme

Country: Nepal

Client: Asian Development Bank

Sector: Schools

Value: £1,991,366

Length: 36 months

Description: The project will contribute to socio-economic development and reduce disparities between different regions of the country through the continuous development of its human resources capacity. The aim is to enable all citizens to have the opportunity to become functionally literate and numerate, and to develop the basic life skills and knowledge required to enjoy a productive life.


Title: AAWAZ II – Inclusion, Accountability and Reducing Modern Slavery

Country: Pakistan

Client: DFID

Sector: Governance and Civil Society; Women and Girls

Value: £19,991,173

Length: 59 months

Description: Building on the success of AAWAZ I, the programme will work with government and local communities to promote the rights of children, women, youth, religious minorities and excluded groups to strengthen their control over their own development. The programme has a particular focus on the issues of modern slavery, to which marginalised groups are extremely vulnerable. The programme aims to reach seven million beneficiaries across the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.



Title: International School Exchange (Connection) Programme – pilot

Country: UK

Client: Department for Education

Sector: Schools

Value: £2,490,098

Length: 12 months

Description: The aim of this programme is to enable secondary pupils in England aged 11+, particularly the most disadvantaged, to have an international and intercultural experience by taking part in a school exchange. The visit must include significant contact with young people at the partner school and involve their families if possible.



Title: English for Journalists

Country: Kazakhstan

Client: US Department of State

Sector: EES

Value: £192,713

Length: 18 months

Description: This project is a one-year renewal of the six-month English for Journalists programme we have been delivering for the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. The project will deliver 160 hours of face-to-face English teaching to journalists in at least seven cities in Kazakhstan.