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Open Call: Culture & Development Research

Open Call: Culture & Development Research © Delphine Pawlik

© Delphine Pawlik

19 December 2016
by Monique Ricketts

The British Council is seeking research partners to aid in the development of a new programme in South Asia to support the empowerment of women and girls through craft, digital technology and entrepreneurship under the Culture & Development programme in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The programme aims to create a body of research which will form the basis of an audience, partner and investment-led programme in the region. 

The research study is expected to include the following:

  • desk review of existing literature to ascertain the evidence (mapping/databases) and current narratives around women’s empowerment and craft, technology and entrepreneurship. This will include a review of globally significant research as well as research specifically in the named countries
  • significant qualitative and quantitative research in each of the named countries to understand and interrogate the organisations and individuals already active in these areas, the challenges they face in advancing their activity ; and,  
  • recommendations at each country level and as a regional cluster for a pilot programme on craft, technology and entrepreneurship for women’s empowerment considering how to engage existing stakeholders and potential funders

 The outputs are expected to include: 

  • an introductory essay of 4,000 – 6,000 words 
  • an overall findings report and baseline plus individual country reports, each of 4,000 – 6,000 words 
  • recommendations of 4,000 – 6,000 words
  • an executive summary

How to apply

Given the need for qualitative research, we need to ensure a methodology that works with local cultures and languages. Therefore it may be that best way to meet the overall aims is for the research to be carried out by a consortium where a UK lead manages and engages with counterparts in-country. It may be that suitable consortia can form without our assistance, but in order to support that process, we will adopt the following recruitment schedule:

  • 15 December 2016 - Terms of Reference released
  • 12 January 2017 - Expressions of Interest: Interested partners for global and/or local in country role to submit their contacts: organisation, named person, areas of expertise, contact details AND Clarification / Questions from Partners (Any questions should be submitted via email by 12 January to Kendall.robbins@britishcouncil.org)
  • 16 January 2017 - Circulation of contact details of all interested parties to aid consortia forming AND clarification responses from the British Council
  • 1700 GMT 30 January 2017 - Submission of bids/proposals (complete Annex 2 - Supplier response, and send to Kendall.robbins@britishcouncil.org)
  • 2 February 2017 - Selection of Preferred Partners
  • 1 May 2017 - Submission of final reports1 May 2017 

Note: Timescales are estimated and may be subject to change 

Application documents

Women and Craft Open Call (PDF)

Annex 1 - Contract

Annex 2 - Supplier response

3 January 2017

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

19 December 2016

Open Call: Culture & Development Research

Open Call: Culture & Development Research © Delphine Pawlik

© Delphine Pawlik

14 December 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

8 December 2016

How is design responding to an ageing population?

How is design responding to an ageing population? © Duncan Fitzsimons

© Duncan Fitzsimons

7 December 2016

Call for evaluation: Hello Shenzhen

Call for evaluation: Hello Shenzhen © jo.sau

© jo.sau

21 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Call for Applications for Unlimited

OPPORTUNITY: Call for Applications for Unlimited © Unlimited

© Unlimited

7 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: The Prize for Illustration 2017

OPPORTUNITY: The Prize for Illustration 2017 AOI Association of Illustrators

AOI Association of Illustrators

5 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Fashion Space Gallery Design Residency 2016

OPPORTUNITY:  Fashion Space Gallery Design Residency 2016 Film still by Katy Davies

Film still by Katy Davies

9 September 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Call for makers for Crafts Council's Make:Shift

OPPORTUNITY: Call for makers for Crafts Council's Make:Shift  Crafts Council

Crafts Council

24 August 2016

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 14 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 14 now open KOTARO TANAKA SUDARE ATELIER, TAITO-KU, JAPAN | PHOTO: BAHBAK HASHEMI-NEZHAD

KOTARO TANAKA SUDARE ATELIER, TAITO-KU, JAPAN | PHOTO: BAHBAK HASHEMI-NEZHAD

23 August 2016

Opportunity: Design Mission to South Korea

Opportunity: Design Mission to South Korea © Wikimedia Commons

© Wikimedia Commons

16 August 2016

Opportunity: Design Connections Istanbul

Opportunity: Design Connections Istanbul Muhsin Akgun

Muhsin Akgun

5 August 2016

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #3

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #3 Historical photograph of Morumbi, São Paulo / @ Julia, Lina Bo Bardi Fellow

Historical photograph of Morumbi, São Paulo / @ Julia, Lina Bo Bardi Fellow

25 July 2016

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #2

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #2 National Library seen from Eixo Monumental, Brasilia / © JULIA, LINA BO BARDI FELLOW 2016

National Library seen from Eixo Monumental, Brasilia / © JULIA, LINA BO BARDI FELLOW 2016

25 July 2016

Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award Winners Announced

Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award Winners Announced Rosella May

Rosella May

9 July 2016

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #1

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Travelogue #1 Ex-votos at Nosso Senhor do Bonfim / © JULIA, LINA BO BARDI FELLOW 2016

Ex-votos at Nosso Senhor do Bonfim / © JULIA, LINA BO BARDI FELLOW 2016

14 June 2016

The First Maker Library Network International Residency

The First Maker Library Network International Residency  Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

7 June 2016

Open Call: Biennial of Design, Ljubljana

Open Call: Biennial of Design, Ljubljana Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani, graphic design: Groupa Ee

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani, graphic design: Groupa Ee

6 June 2016

Fashion DNA: Pakistan Call for Participation

Fashion DNA: Pakistan Call for Participation The House of Kamiar Rokni at Fashion Scout AW 2016. Photograph by Simon Armstrong

The House of Kamiar Rokni at Fashion Scout AW 2016. Photograph by Simon Armstrong

18 May 2016

Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2017

Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2017 Can City © Alexander Groves - Studio Swine, 2016 Winston Churchill Fellow in the Design Category

Can City © Alexander Groves - Studio Swine, 2016 Winston Churchill Fellow in the Design Category

25 April 2016

Typography Residency Launches at Ditchling Museum

Typography Residency Launches at Ditchling Museum THE STANHOPE PRESS AND PRINTING GALLERY  © BROTHERTON AND LOCK

THE STANHOPE PRESS AND PRINTING GALLERY © BROTHERTON AND LOCK

25 April 2016

Venice Fellowships

Venice Fellowships © CRISTIANO CORTE

© CRISTIANO CORTE

11 April 2016

2016 Winston Churchill Fellowships Awarded

2016 Winston Churchill Fellowships Awarded  Sea Chair - Credit: Studio Swine

Sea Chair - Credit: Studio Swine

14 March 2016

Venice Biennale Fellowships 2016: Open Call

Venice Biennale Fellowships 2016: Open Call British Pavilion 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

British Pavilion 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

2 March 2016

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Open Call

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Open Call LADEIRA DA MISERICÓRDIA / © FINN BEAMES

LADEIRA DA MISERICÓRDIA / © FINN BEAMES

27 February 2016

Artists' International Development Fund: Apply

Artists' International Development Fund: Apply Tunis Medina Plan © Benjamin Perrot

Tunis Medina Plan © Benjamin Perrot

9 February 2016

Open Call: Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum

Open Call: Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum Alex Morris Visualisation

Alex Morris Visualisation

1 February 2016

Open Call for UK Designers: Unlimited Doha Design Prize

Open Call for UK Designers: Unlimited Doha Design Prize  © HANNAH BURGESS

© HANNAH BURGESS

4 January 2016

Open Call: Tehran Filtering Gardens

Open Call:  Tehran Filtering Gardens HydroCity

HydroCity

23 December 2015

New Open Call: Exhibition Road Engineering Residency

New Open Call: Exhibition Road Engineering Residency V&A

V&A

8 December 2015

Opportunity: The RIBA International Prize 2016

Opportunity: The RIBA International Prize 2016 © RIBA

© RIBA

2 December 2015

Opportunity: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund

Opportunity: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund © Design Council Spark

© Design Council Spark

8 February 2017

New Job Opportunity: Venice Fellowships Manager

New Job Opportunity: Venice Fellowships Manager © MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

© MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

18 January 2017

OPPORTUNITY: Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts

OPPORTUNITY: Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts  © Cockpit Arts

© Cockpit Arts

29 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Barbican Artwork Commission

OPPORTUNITY: Barbican Artwork Commission Concert Hall Wall, The Barbican © Emil Charlaff

Concert Hall Wall, The Barbican © Emil Charlaff

21 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Future Architecture Platform

OPPORTUNITY: Future Architecture Platform © Future Architecture Platform

© Future Architecture Platform

18 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: International Design Competition

OPPORTUNITY: International Design Competition  © Design Montréal

© Design Montréal

1 November 2016

Open Call: Urban Action Ukraine

Open Call: Urban Action Ukraine CANactions

CANactions

27 October 2016

New ADF Job Opportunity: Architecture Programme Manager

New ADF Job Opportunity: Architecture Programme Manager International Architecture Showcase 2014 © British Council

International Architecture Showcase 2014 © British Council

27 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund

OPPORTUNITY: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund

20 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Design Competition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

OPPORTUNITY: Design Competition at Dulwich Picture Gallery Dulwich Picture Gallery in the Spring © Stuart Leech

Dulwich Picture Gallery in the Spring © Stuart Leech

17 February 2016

Creative Conscience Awards

Creative Conscience Awards © Amy Ward, Creative Conscience Awards 2015

© Amy Ward, Creative Conscience Awards 2015

25 January 2016

Canadian Centre for Architecture: Emerging Curator Programme 2016

Canadian Centre for Architecture: Emerging Curator Programme 2016 Guido Guidi, photographer. St-Denis, France, from the series "In Between Cities," April 1996. Chromogenic colour print, 20.2 x 25.3 cm. CCA Collection. PH2003:0096 © Guido Guidi

Guido Guidi, photographer. St-Denis, France, from the series "In Between Cities," April 1996. Chromogenic colour print, 20.2 x 25.3 cm. CCA Collection. PH2003:0096 © Guido Guidi

24 November 2015

New ADF Job Opportunity: Communications Manager

New ADF Job Opportunity: Communications Manager

29 October 2015

Open Call for Makers: Crafts Council Launches New International Showcase

Open Call for Makers: Crafts Council Launches New International Showcase © Crafts Council

© Crafts Council

29 October 2015

Opportunity: New ADF Jobs!

Opportunity: New ADF Jobs! © Fabian Ong

© Fabian Ong

16 September 2015

Asia Fashion Future

Asia Fashion Future © British Council

© British Council

13 September 2015

Architecture Competition: Atelier Albania

Architecture Competition: Atelier Albania © Atelier Albania

© Atelier Albania

8 September 2015

Opportunity: Québec-UK Connections

Opportunity: Québec-UK Connections Rival Consoles at MUTEK 2015, Montreal © Caroline Hayeur

Rival Consoles at MUTEK 2015, Montreal © Caroline Hayeur

7 September 2015

Opportunity: RAted open call 2015

Opportunity: RAted open call 2015 © Royal Academy of Arts

© Royal Academy of Arts

11 August 2015

New ADF Job Opportunity!

New ADF Job Opportunity! Agnese Sanvito

Agnese Sanvito

6 August 2015

Call for Participation: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Call for Participation: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 British Pavilion John Riddy

British Pavilion John Riddy

2 August 2015

Call for candidates: Associated Projects - Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Call for candidates: Associated Projects - Lisbon Architecture Triennale  From Triennale 2013 Future Perfect Exhibition: A model of a fictional future city featured in Close, Closer. Copyright Delfino Legnani

From Triennale 2013 Future Perfect Exhibition: A model of a fictional future city featured in Close, Closer. Copyright Delfino Legnani

17 June 2015

Design Abroad: Talk at Sheffield Design Week Conference 18 June 2015

Design Abroad: Talk at Sheffield Design Week Conference 18 June 2015 The Paper City - MDD

The Paper City - MDD

17 May 2015

Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2016

Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2016

8 May 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015 My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli  by Tobias Revell

My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli by Tobias Revell

21 April 2015

Opportunity: M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

Opportunity: M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship  M+

M+

26 February 2015

Opportunity: Curatorial Placements at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Opportunity: Curatorial Placements at the Canadian Centre for Architecture Esplanade and the Allegorical Columns, CCA © Robert Burley

Esplanade and the Allegorical Columns, CCA © Robert Burley

12 February 2015

Deadline Extended for the World Illustration Awards 2015

Deadline Extended for the World Illustration Awards 2015 World Illustration Awards 2015

World Illustration Awards 2015

2 February 2015

Opportunity: Graphic Design Residency in Peru

Opportunity: Graphic Design Residency in Peru © La Stanza

© La Stanza

2 February 2015

ELEVATE Fellows announced

ELEVATE Fellows announced © Ajith Kumar

© Ajith Kumar

28 January 2015

Opportunity: Street Architecture Prize

Opportunity: Street Architecture Prize