Civil society

The British Council works with civil society to enable people to come together to contribute to positive change based on shared values and interests. We support non-governmental organisations, networks of organisations and community leaders to collaborate locally and internationally on the development of more inclusive, open and stable societies.

Strengthening voice and accountability 

We support all citizens to participate in and influence decisions and policies that affect their lives. We help build the capacity of civil society organisations to monitor and promote improved public services. 

Influencing policy and social change

We support non-governmental organisations, social movements and citizens to work together in partnerships and coalitions with government and the private sector to make a strong and valuable contribution to the development of society. 

Promoting empowerment, social inclusion and equality

We work with partners from civil society and government to empower disadvantaged groups, support equal access to services and encourage inclusivity and equality in policy development.