“We need to look at language constraints to understand why African countries are not reaching development goals.”
—Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Past Conferences

2015, New Delhi, India

'Multilingualism and Development'

Learn more about the 2015 Conference
Download the full New Delhi Conference proceedings: Multilingualisms and Development (British Council 2017) -


2013, Cape Town, South Africa

'Opportunity, Equity and Identity beyond 2015'

Learn more about the 2013 Conference
Download the full Cape Town Conference proceedings: Looking Beyond 2015 (British Council 2014).


2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka

‘Language & Social Cohesion’

Download the full Colombo Conference proceedings: Language and Social Cohesison in the Developing World (British Council / GIZ 2015). Or you can access, read and download papers from Colombo conference by searching the database on the Publications page


2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh

‘Language and Development: Socio Cultural Issues and Challenges’

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2005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

‘Language & Development’

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2003, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

‘Linguistic Challenges to National Development & International Cooperation’

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2001, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

‘Defining the Role of Language in Development’

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1999, Hanoi, Vietnam

‘Partnership & Interaction in Language & Development’

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1997, Langkawi, Malaysia

‘Access, Empowerment, Opportunity’

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1995, Bali, Indonesia

‘Language & Communication in Development: Stakeholders’ Perspectives’

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1993, Bangkok, Thailand

‘Language Programmes in Development Projects’

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