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The British Council is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to enter the 2018 #IdeasChangeLives Challenge by submitting creative digital solutions for 1 of the following 6 UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 4 – Quality education
  • SDG 5 – Gender equality
  • SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions

The British Council will work with the winners to realise the winning ideas and promote them to reach people (especially young people) in any or all of the more than 100 countries that British Council works in.




Up to 2 winning entries will receive prizes of £20,000 each.

In addition, each winner will have the chance to work collaboratively with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) based on their idea.

Once each MVP is ready, British Council will work with the winner to decide on the next phase of work and to develop a longer-lasting partnership, promoting the work through British Council’s network in more than 100 countries.


Applicants can be individuals, groups of individuals, companies, partnerships, associations or other organisations of any size based anywhere in the world. They should have a vision for how their idea could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.

Those who are below the age of 18 need to have their entries submitted on their behalf by a parent or guardian who is over the age of 18.

All entries must be in English.


Applications are to be done online by 23 November 2018.

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