International development

We create opportunities for people in the East Asia region and around the world. We help societies achieve change in education, skills, the public sector, civil society and justice. 

British Council has been working in cultural relations and international development for over 60 years and has an established track record with multiple donors, including Asian Development Bank, Department for International development, European Union and World Bank. 

Our strong local networks have enabled us to develop a solid understanding of the challenges facing people globally. This understanding paired with our global expertise in key sectors enables us to deliver value for money solutions that are both effective and sustainable.

Our work in East Asia


In Capacity Building for Rule of Law Promotion, experienced Yangon-based lawyers work with lawyers and civil society organisations in six provincial locations across Burma to support the development of a legal-civil society network with the knowledge and expertise necessary to improve the quality and success of civil society interventions.

Find out more about the Capacity Building for Rule of Law Promotion project.


A free and fair legal system is critical to creating an equitable society and therefore represents a substantial part of our portfolio. Our role in the Justice Partnership Programme, funded by the EU, Denmark and Sweden, has led to the revision of key laws in Vietnam and the implementation of a national legal aid strategy.

Find out more about the Justice Partnership Programme.


The English for Peacekeeping project in Indonesia was established in November 2012. Organised by the British Council and the US English Fellows Program, its aims are to improve the English language and communication skills of UN peacekeepers serving abroad. This will be achieved through integrating English language training into pre deployment training as well as developing training material for use in the field.  

Find out more about the Peacekeeping English Project.


Contact us to find out more about our international development work.