Partner with Us

Our partners work with us to co-create, fund and deliver a huge range of programs that make the world a better place.

We work with partners to empower women and girls across the world and tackle inequality.

We can work with your organization to design and run initiatives that make a real, lasting difference in the lives of women and girls.

What we can do:

Create professional development opportunities for women

In the Middle East and North Africa, we run Springboard, a personal and professional development program designed by women, for women.

Drawing on our decades of experience working within the Arab world, we have:

  • Taught more than 10,000 women skills to succeed in their careers
  • Helped some 900 women get into the workforce
  • Created sustainable, supportive networks of professional women

Support women's participation in Middle Eastern public life

The Women Participating in Public Life (WPIPL) program aims to build women's capacities and broad-based support to increase their active involvement in public life, including national and local political processes. 

In the wake of the Arab Spring, we have:

  • Reached more than 850 community leaders across the Middle East and North Africa - training more than 50 facilitators and 2,500 young people
  • Helped local women share their experience with UK mentors
  • Sponsored debates on how to improve women's rights, leading to some participants joining Egypt's National Council for Women

Address violence against women and girls

Together with partners in the UK and Kenya, we have launched 'Inspired by Kicks', a new and innovative football-based program in Kenya to address gender-based violence with young people. This 3 year programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) - with a contribution from the British Council. Kenyan partners for the pilot project include the County Government of Bungoma, UN Women, ACORD, Moving the Goalposts Kilifi, Football Kenya Federation and ACF Leopards.  

Over three years, the program will build the capacity of 96 local community coaches to deliver locally owned and led football sessions to children and young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years of age in an on-going basis. These football sessions will provide the platform to sensitise approximately 3,000 participating children and young people on issues around violence against women and girls. This will be achieved through the delivery of regular, inclusive football sessions with an emphasis on values and behaviour-led activities alongside an awareness-raising curriculum around the prevention of violence against women and girls. The programme will utilise community festivals and a targeted advocacy campaign to sensitise the larger community in the two regions. 

Develop a young women's social entrepreneurship program

In India, we have partnered with consumer goods company Diageo to create the 'Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Program' (YWSED) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda. The program identifies women working in social enterprises that specifically support women and trains them to become "Master Trainers". 

To raise Indian women's employment rate from 39% (one of the lowest female employment rates in the world), the program:

  • Provides Indian women working in social enterprises (like microfinance) with skills to train 1,000 other young women in social entrepreneurship
  • Draws on UK expertise to design and run training courses tailored to local women's needs

As of March 2016, these Master Traingers had delivered training to 4,000 young women social entrepreneurs across India.

Empower women and girls with digital and English skills

Launched in 2012 in partnership with BRAC Bangladesh, the English and Digital for Girls' Education (EDGE) project aims to improve the life prospects of adolescent girls in socio-economically marginalized communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. 

The programme focuses on enhancing participants’ English proficiency, digital skills and awareness of social issues. As a result, they will be better able to make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society. In addition, the programme aims to improve the leadership skills of a smaller group of peer leaders drawn from the same communities of adolescent girls.  

In 2015-16, the British Council partnered with the US Embassy in Kathmandu and Equal Access Nepal to deliver a pilot project to adolescent girls from marginalised communities in after-school, non-formal, safe spaces in their communities. Participants developed English and digital skills using self-access learning resources installed on laptops/phablets. In addition, a series of flashcards and games developed grammar, functional language and vocabulary skills were provided to teach effectively.