SDG alignment

All our work across the priority areas are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the following major six SDG Goals: Quality education, Gender equality, Decent work and Economic growth, Climate action, Peace justice and Strong institutions, Partnerships for the goals.

Our priority areas of work

Over the last 70 years, our work has focused on creating opportunities and building connections across the following areas.

We believe in education

We connect the UK and Bangladeshi school sectors to enrich education, promote global citizenship and build international trust and understanding. We foster dialogue and international partnerships between higher education institutions and organisations and help students who want to study abroad. We work in vocational education to make education and English training systems better able to respond to labour market demands and learner needs. We are working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to develop school and college-level English speaking and listening assessment to enable students to access better employment and higher education opportunities.

We are working with the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) on Primary Training Institutes (PTI’s) across Bangladesh, to enhance primary-level in-service English teacher education through the development of primary teachers into Master Trainers in English and English-language teaching practices.

Our world-leading English teaching services are available to children, students, adults, and professionals. We also work with a wide range of partners, companies and businesses to deliver corporate English training to the public and private sectors in Bangladesh.

We foster inclusive communities

We work in good governance to promote social accountability policies so they are more accessible to the citizens of Bangladesh. We are working with the Cabinet Division to develop and implement training programmes for government officials at all levels so they can utilise social accountability mechanisms more effectively and be better able to respond to citizens' needs.

We work in areas such as human rights, social enterprise and women and girls’ empowerment programmes, increasing social impact opportunities for young volunteers, professionals and leaders.

We work with issues where there is an opportunity to bring groups together – civil society, government, academia, the business community – to solve complex accountability problems through coalition building and collective action approaches, supported by political economy and other analysis.

We enable youth

We support youth to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We aim to bring about sustainable social change within communities by establishing a global network of leaders. Our purpose is to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally.

We work with people who have already demonstrated local social responsibility, including youth workers, women’s groups, educators and faith leaders. We offer these participants training to develop their leadership skills and provide them with the chance to gain a global perspective on social development.

We create opportunities

We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. Our nationwide examinations services enable people across Bangladesh to access educational and professional development opportunities from the UK and elsewhere.

We provide opportunities to experience new cultures, network with students and professionals from all over the world to gain skills to help further their career development. We also provide various financial support options available to help fund higher studies in the UK

We aim at building understanding and confidence amongst the disability and the arts sector in Bangladesh to dispel the social stigma associated with disability and build an accessible bridge between arts, disability and society. We work with our partners to develop the capacity of artists and persons with disability through training and capacity development programmes in Bangladesh in partnership with UK artists and arts organisations.

We empower women and girls

We work with our partners to increase English proficiency, build digital, 21st Century skills and awareness of social issues, among marginalised women and girls so that they can make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society.

We partner with international festivals that celebrate the achievements of women and girls and looks at some of the obstacles they face across the world. We look at the challenges they face, encourage debate and provide platforms and opportunities to share their experiences, stories and feelings.

We will continue to support the drive of educating, inspiring and empowering women and girls to lead, influence and benefit from positive social change and inspire more women to pursue their involvement in STEM.

We act to tackle climate change

We create opportunities for young people to develop the skills and agency they need to make a positive difference in the climate crisis in their communities. With climate change being the thematic address to many of our programmes we will add value to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) by building connections, understanding and trust; sparking imagination and innovation; and helping people to build a better world.

We will continue to work towards developing connections and skills for young people and future leaders in the realm of climate action and beyond, drawing upon a wide network across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including UK expertise. We will prioritise tackling of climate change so that leaders, policy shapers and researchers can bring forward game-changing commitments at COP26.