Senior British diplomats are to be attached to ethnic minority voluntary organisations to help with capacity building as part of a new initiative from the Foreign Office.
The pilot programme will begin with the secondment of diplomats to work with the Ethnic Minority Foundation, which launched a huge capacity-building programme for the black and minority ethnic sector last week.
Foreign Office minister Mike O'Brien said: "The Foreign Office and the Ethnic Minority Foundation are working together for mutual benefit. Britain's ethnic minorities are deeply interested in the direction of our foreign policy."
Krishna Sarda, chief executive of the foundation, commented: "Britain has people living in its borders from communities across the world, including rapidly developing areas such as South Asia and China. I want to see people from these communities playing a part in shaping the policies that impact on the regions from where their families originated."