As Product Development Officer for British Council East and West Africa, I´m presently based in Senegal and work across various sectors - Arts, Cultural Relations, Education and English Language. My background is in higher education: for many years I was a (UK) university lecturer in applied linguistics - previously training teachers of English in Nigeria and China - and have undertaken numerous consultancies.
The British Council is the UK´s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations: it connects people worldwide. It currently operates in 109 countries, 19 of these in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent reorganisation has seen the Council move away from relatively small scale, country based activity to focus on regional, multilateral projects such as Crossing Borders and Power In The Voice (links below).
Whilst not a donor organisation, the Council works in partnership with the creative/cultural sector in several broad ways: highlighting its value and contribution to national and international economies - including training in entrepreneurship and capacity building for economic sustainability; the interface between arts and development in a broad sense, i.e. encompassing social issues, democracy, freedom of expression etc; and the role it believes artists/creatives can play in helping open up difficult spaces and opportunities for understanding across cultures.
The Council´s main website gives information on Creative Economy and Arts & Culture for Development (links below). It also connects to country websites with information on sector activity locally - NB with regionalisation and the move to multilateral working this information is subject to change.