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EU: Culture can play a crucial role in strengthening international partnerships

A new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations Brussels, 8 June 2016 (EC) – The strategy adopted today is in line with the Commission’s priority to make the EU a stronger global actor. Culture can play a crucial role in strengthening international partnerships. The ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’ presented by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values. EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “Culture has to be part and parcel of our foreign policy. Culture is a powerful tool to build bridges between people, notably the young, and reinforce mutual understanding. It can also be an engine for economic and social […]

A new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations

Brussels, 8 June 2016 (EC) – The strategy adopted today is in line with the Commission’s priority to make the EU a stronger global actor. Culture can play a crucial role in strengthening international partnerships.

The ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’ presented by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.

EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “Culture has to be part and parcel of our foreign policy. Culture is a powerful tool to build bridges between people, notably the young, and reinforce mutual understanding. It can also be an engine for economic and social development. As we face common challenges, culture can help all of us, in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, stand together to fight radicalisation and build an alliance of civilisations against those trying to divide us. This is why cultural diplomacy must be at the core of our relationship with today’s world.”

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: “Culture is the hidden gem of our foreign policy. It helps to promote dialogue and mutual understanding. Culture is therefore crucial in building long-term relationships with countries across the whole world: it has a great role to play in making the EU a stronger global actor.”

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, welcomed the Strategy, in line with the recently adopted 2030 Agenda acknowledging global citizenship, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as overarching principles of sustainable development and for the EU’s neighbourhood and enlargement policies.

Culture can play an important role in the EU’s foreign policy. Cultural cooperation counters stereotypes and prejudice by nurturing dialogue, open-mindedness, dignity and mutual respect. Inter-cultural dialogue can help prevent conflicts and foster reconciliation within and between countries. Culture can help respond to global challenges such as the integration of refugees, countering violent radicalisation and the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. Culture can also be a tool to deliver important social and economic benefits both within and outside the EU.

Today’s Communication proposes a strategic framework for deeper and more effective international cultural relations as well as a new model for cooperation with Member States, national cultural institutes, private and public operators from the EU and its partner countries, increasing opportunities, creating synergies and maximising socio-economic benefits.

Culture is becoming more and more a vector for economic growth, not only in its traditional forms, but particularly through cultural and creative industries, SMEs and tourism. This strengthens the opinion that synergies with other fields are crucial and that public and private sector and civil society should be more and more involved.

Culture plays an important role also at municipal level. Engaging citizens, state actors and cultural operators alike, is a major resource for strengthening municipalities and communities and for developing market opportunities.

As such, this Communication is in line with the ninth priority outlined by European Commission President Juncker in his 2014 Political Guidelines and reflecting the ambition of the EU’s forthcoming Global Strategy being prepared by the High Representative. The Commission has also announced that it will propose to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to organise a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.


Culture in EU external relations is one of the three pillars of the European Agenda for Culture (2007). Developing a strategic approach in this field has been a priority of the Council’s Work Plans for Culture since 2011. A major step forward was made with the European Parliament’s Preparatory Action “Culture in EU external relations” (2013-14), which highlighted the considerable potential for culture in Europe’s external relations and underlined that the European Union and its Member States stand to gain a great deal by better streamlining their cultural diplomacy.

In the cultural and creative sectors, the EU has already funded many projects such as creative hubs’ networks or the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Cultures+ programme and the programmes to support cultural governance and promote intercultural dialogue. The Creative Europe programme is also open to neighbourhood and enlargement countries. EU delegations regularly organise cultural diplomacy activities and EU development cooperation has long included culture and heritage in its actions (for example, to restore the Timbuktu manuscripts in Mali). The EU’s support to the Anna Lindh Foundation in the South Mediterranean serves as another good example of how culture will influence the EU’s foreign policy. The Young Arab Voices programme (now enlarged to the EuroMediterranean region), for instance, deepens the dialogue between young leaders and civil society representatives and develop counter-narratives to extremism and violent radicalisation. Another example is EU assistance to protect cultural heritage in Syria, implemented by UNESCO, supporting local stakeholders in monitoring the state of the heritage and in preserving the heritage and countering illicit trafficking. In the Eastern Partnership (EaP), the EaP Culture Programme is supporting the cultural and creative sectors’ contribution to sustainable humanitarian, social and economic development. At the same time, the “Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns” project seeks to stimulate social and economic development by enhancing cultural heritage in nine historic towns in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

Horizon 2020 also supports research on cultural diplomacy and activities on cultural heritage through multinational, interdisciplinary projects. Future programmes are under preparation to support partner countries in different regions; namely fostering cultural and creative industries and promoting intercultural dialogue.

To help the EU implement the strategy and create synergies among all EU stakeholders (EU delegations, national cultural institutes and foundations, private and public enterprises, civil society), a Cultural Diplomacy Platform was set up in February 2016, focusing on strategic countries. Operated by a consortium of Member States’ Cultural Institutes and other partners, the Platform will deliver policy advice, facilitate networking, carry out activities with cultural stakeholders and develop training programmes for cultural leadership.

For more information

Communication on international cultural relations

Q&A on the Communication on international cultural relations

Speech by the EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini at the Cultural Forum


Poor Us: an animated history – Why Poverty? Trailer

The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis’s film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality…

Director Ben Lewis
Producer Femke Volting & Bruno Felix
Produced by Subma­rine
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UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite

An operational tool of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite (CDIS) is an innovative advocacy tool that illustrates with quantitative data and statistics how culture contributes to economic growth at the national level, how it enlarges people’s choices, and how it offers a sustainable means of achieving other key development goals, including the MDGs. The CDIS is the first tool to clearly demonstrate the role culture plays in promoting sustainable development, creativity and knowledge-based societies. It provides governments with an evidence-based leverage to inform policymaking and to justify greater investment in culture within national development policies and strategies.

Its 23 indicators examine seven key dimensions of development: economy, social participation, education, governance, gender equality, heritage and communication, which when cross-analysed generate unprecedented insights into the ‘culture and development DNA’ of countries.

Supported by the Spanish Government, the CDIS entered its first operational phase in March 2011 in six countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Uruguay and Viet Nam. It is currently in its second test phase in an additional five countries: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cambodia, Ecuador and Namibia. The participatory process at the national level has brought together for the first time stakeholders such as representatives from ministries of economy or industry, research institutes and national statistical agencies to discuss how to maximise culture’s impact for development.

More information on this project and results from the ongoing test phases can be found here:


The Meaning of Culture

Culture is an important sector of social and human development, which contributes to identity-building and self-esteem, fosters economic growth and social cohesion, and helps to promote political participation and ownership. Culture enables people and societies to build an identity and to develop active citizenship. It can contribute to conflict prevention as well as to reconciliation processes.

As a repository of knowledge, meanings and values that permeate all aspects of our lives, culture also defines the way human beings live and interact both at local and global scales. Creativity, knowledge, diversity and beauty are essential premises for dialogue for peace and progress, as they are intrinsically related to human development and freedom. Cultural expression contributes to identity-building and self-esteem, fosters economic growth and social cohesion, and help to promote political participation and ownership.

A major part of the assets of the poor are socio-cultural and are composed of traditions, reciprocity, relationships, traditional knowledge and skills, but especially those traditional and informal support systems that deliver products or services in normal times and in times of crisis.

Brazil’s Gilberto Gil argues that we should avoid picking one definition over another when considering the inter-relationship between culture and development. Rather, he says, we need to take on board the sum value of all forms of cultural expression, not just contemporary creative arts. “Digital culture multiplies all this, pointing toward a degree of development unheard of for humankind,” adds Gil. He notes that the concept of development is a product of human culture, and the process of development can only happen within a given cultural environment. Culture, therefore, shapes development and the changes brought about by development are, necessarily, cultural. “Culture and development are concepts and processes that are naturally inter-twined and shared,” Gil says. Source:


The Culture-Development Nexus

Culture was long regarded as being on the margins of the development process or listed lower down the hierarchy of needs but there has been a growing recognition in recent years of just how crucial culture is to humanity’s development and well-being. Culture is increasingly understood as a resource for economic and social development. When poor communities preserve and develop their cultural assets, they are also generating new economic opportunities.

Culture, in all its dimensions, is a fundamental component of sustainable development. As a sector of activity, through tangible and intangible heritage, creative industries and various forms of artistic expressions, culture is a powerful contributor to economic development, social stability and environmental protection. Culture can contribute to the MDGs by helping to build strong, self-reliant communities.

Culture determines the way societies and economies function and is therefore crucial to the success of any development effort. Culture is an essential investment for peace and stability, and is a prerequisite for the success of human development. A more visible and effective inclusion of culture in development programmes at local, national, and international levels is critical for sustainable development.

Cultural projects fostering integration and social cohesion in developing countries. In addition to providing support for various cultural programmes and exchanges, it is thus also necessary to take the cultural dimension into account in development processes and to promote in-depth local, national, regional and continental inter-cultural dialogue.

Culture is a determining factor for the relevance, failure and success of development interventions. Efficient programming cannot anymore ignore that cultural diversity is a reality and an engine for development; furthermore respecting and promoting cultural diversity is also part of an international commitment, as highlighted in the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in the related Conventions.

In its mainstreaming sense, culture is defined by specific values, traditions and behavioural patterns that need to be considered in all sectors of development. Specific values, traditions and behavioural patterns need to be considered in all sectors of development when working with partner countries.

Search the most relevant resources for the culture-development-nexus with Culture for Development Cruiser at The customised Google search concentrates on well selected Websites, libraries, blogs and newsletters.


UNESCO’s Culture Diversity Programming Lens

The cultural diversity lens is a tool to systematically analyze and evaluate whether programmes, policies and practices do in fact incorporate and promote the principles enshrined in the 2001 Declaration. It guides programme officers and decision-makers in understanding the cultural context in which they operate, identifying gaps and shortcomings of interventions and in identifying alternative programme designs.


The European Commission’s cultural dimension of development cooperation

The European Commission believes that any successful development must build upon an appropriate cultural dimension as an element of social cohesion and inclusion, social stability, empowerment of youth, women and the disabled, and promotion of democracy and human rights. Culture also plays an important role in conflict and postconflict zones, for inter-cultural dialogue is a key element in bringing about peace and reconciliation between communities. Finally, culture and cultural industries have a great economic potential, either through heritage and responsible cultural tourism, or through economic revenues of cultural products. The link between culture, development, and social stability is therefore clear and has different dimensions. Culture can be either a tool for dialogue and social inclusion or a powerful driving economic force. (Stefano Manservisi in

Following the spirit of the UNESCO Convention, the aforementioned European Agenda for Culture ( further developed the idea of integrating and mainstreaming culture in the EU development policies and of reinforcing inter-cultural dialogue in European external relations.

The EC and its Member States have a strong mandate to support culture in ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries) under Article 27 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which creates a comprehensive framework for cultural cooperation that ranges from the mainstreaming of culture in development activities to the promotion of intercultural dialogue, the preservation of cultural heritage, support to cultural industries and improved access to European markets for ACP cultural goods and services.

Beyond the ACP framework, and for all developing countries with whom cooperation is taking place, the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) includes, in its Thematic Programme "Investing in People", provisions on culture, which foresee support for promoting intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for other cultures, for international cooperation between cultural industries, for support for the social, cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and minorities and for culture as a promising economic sector for development and growth.

Article 151 of the Lisbon Treaty requires the EC and its Member States to promote cultural aspects in its international relations with partners countries and regions; within the EU enlargement, as well as in the context of development and trade policies, as a contribution to a world order based on sustainable development, peaceful coexistence and dialogue between cultures. The use of cultural expressions has to become operational in the context of post-2013 instruments and programming.

European Council Conclusions on the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the external relations of the Union and its Member States

Culture and Development in the European Union’s external policy

European External Actions related to culture:


Culture makes money | UNCTAD Report series

The creative and cultural industries (CCIs) are one of the most dynamic sectors worldwide. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), trade in creative goods and services currently amounts to 592 billion US dollars and accounts for almost 3.7% of global trade. Even during the financial crisis, CCIs have proved exceptionally resilient compared to the classic sectors.

UNCTAD says that in 2005 the cultural industries accounted for 7%, or $1.3 trillion of the world economy. These industries include music, film and television, textile design and fashion. In Britain, at least 2m people have jobs related to culture and top auditing firm KPMG reported to the British government that employment in the creative sector would in the 20 years up to 2015 grow by 46%. Tessa Jowell, a former UK culture secretary, reckons that 20% of Britain’s GNP can now be attributed to the creative industries, with music alone worth £5bn. The British film industry employs 47,000 people, the computer games industry 22,000 and the design industry 70,000. The great advantage that creative industries have over, say, shoe manufacturers is that their raw material – talent – is potentially abundant in all countries, however poor.

UNCTAD’s Creative economy report (series)

Creative Industries Country Studies Series


Training and Events on Culture for Development

Culture. Market. Development.

Stimuli from the Creative Industry for International Cooperation

International conference, 25.09.2012 – 26.09.2012 , Bonn, Germany

Can the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) be considered a job creation machine that can guarantee many people a steady income even in a difficult economic environment? Can their potential be leveraged for the purpose of international cooperation? What social, economic and political frameworks need to be in place so CCIs can contribute to sustainable development?

IETM – Calendar

A global network to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts.

The International Seminar on Culture and Development, Girona May 2010

This section provides access to various types of documentation on culture and development as well as seminar content.

Art4Development.Net’s art’ishake learning series on Creative Capacity Building

A multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach in development with arts" provide insights to issues and ways of making positive difference in communities through creativity.

ArtsProfessional Events Calendar

A calendar of forthcoming professional development opportunities – including training, meetings and conferences – provided by ArtsProfessional magazine.

Cultural Diversity Programming Lens, UNESCO Bangkok

In order to ensure that cultural diversity is taken into account at all stages of programme implementation and policy making, UNESCO is developing a cultural diversity programming lens. Together with partner agencies and organizations, UNESCO will use the lens to identify gaps and shortcomings of interventions and develop appropriate indicators for the promotion of cultural diversity.


Weblinks on Culture for Development

This is a large list of culture and development sites, libraries and networks. You can use Weitzenegger’s Culture for Development Cruiser to access them quickly. Use your own search terms. It’s as easy as Google.


Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD)

DCCD promotes cultural co-operation between Denmark and the developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East.

AECI Association of Cultural Economics International

ACEI is a scientific society of around 150 members – including academic scholars, government officials, foundation officials, managers of arts and cultural organizations and artists – who share an interest in furthering understanding of the economic aspects of the arts and culture in their own countries and throughout the world.


This Belgian-based non-profit organisationis a strong proponent of culture as a motor for sustainable human development. Africalia has been building experience in "culture and development" for the past decade and made it its core business.

African Arts Journalists Network

This blog is used by the African Arts Journalist Network to inform on issues going on around the continent related to the arts. A continental group of artists, managers and institutions set up a task force that is working out modalities for the establishment of an African Arts Journalists Network.

African Colours

African Colours works towards a viable contemporary African art scene that is internationally recognised and technologically savvy.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world.

Anna Lindh Foundation

The Foundation brings people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures. Since its launch in 2005, the Anna Lindh Foundation has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs, as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organisations.

ARPEM – Appui au réseau ouestafricain de pépinières d`entreprises de la filière musique

Lancé en octobre 2009 par Culture et développement, le programme ARPEM est mis en œuvre dans trois métropoles ouest-africaines (Abidjan, Ouagadougou et Dakar) dans une perspective de développement économique local.

Art for Humanity (South Africa)

Art for Humanity is based in Durban, South Africa. It specialises in producing fine art print portfolios, exhibitions, billboards and research projects that advocate various human rights issues in South Africa and internationally.


ArtCorps is a dynamic social enterprise using the arts to advance social change in developing countries. ArtCorps works to advance social change initiatives by promoting arts and culture as tools for development.

ArtCorps – Art for Social Action

ArtCorps in Massachusetts envisions art being used as a tool for sustainable development throughout the world. ArtCorps works to advance social change initiatives by promoting arts and culture as tools for development.

Arterial Network

The Arterial Network started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets – on Goree Island, March 2007.

Arts For Global Development, Inc. [Art4Development.Net]

is an international volunteer based initiative with a purpose of furthering interdisciplinary, multisectoral, cross-cultural and creative approach in social change, and facilitating creative sector and stakeholders of development together empower socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and communities worldwide, particularly children, youth, and women. The main reason behind creating ‘Arts for Global Development’ concept lies in the will to attain development as well as the love for arts and the belief in its power in our everyday lives making a positive difference.

Arts Rights Justice

The International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights & Social Justice wants to strengthen and develop existing projects committed to the arts, human rights and social justice; and actively lobby for defined objectives and opportunities jointly or individually identified by coalition members.

banglanatak dot com

Social enterprise in India working at grass roots with a mission to foster pro-poor growth and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. The organisation uses culture based approach for development and community skill empowerment

C-Change – Communications for Change

USAID’s C-Picks E-Magazine focuses on social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) to address issues and challenges in health and the environment.


CIRCULART es una herramienta web desarrollada como parte del proyecto Plataformas Exportadoras de Artes Escénicas y Musicales 2008 liderada por Redlat – Red de Promotores Culturales de América Latina y El Caribe

Commonwealth Foundation

Commonwealth Foundation strengthens civil society organisations across the Commonwealth as they promote democracy, advance sustainable development and foster inter-cultural understanding.

Communication Initiative Network

Where communication and media are central to social and economic development.

Conference »radius of art«

Creative politicization of the public sphere. Cultural potentials for social transformation.


The international who’s who of cultural policy, planning and research. It is an online database that contains profiles of experts in cultural policy.


A unique virtual think-tank exploring the intersection of the arts with a wide range of topics including politics, economics, philanthropy, leadership, research and urban planning. Createquity Arts Policy Library has two important goals: first, to bring greater attention to important ongoing work in the field of arts research; and second, to synthesise (not just summarise) it for the audience.

Culture and creativity, vectors for development.

The objective of this site is to gather and present all the available information, opinions and documents on the efforts of the Commission and the European Union, as well as the efforts of professionals of member states and partner states, in order to better recognise and acknowledge the role of culture in development policies.

Culture and Development!

This website has information for you on the topic of culture and development. It is part of the Culture and Development programme that was carried out by CulturCooperation e.V. from 2005 to 2008 and funded by the European Commission.

Culture and Public Action

A forum to foster dialogue across disciplines on issues related to culture and development and their implications for public action.

Culture Auction Floor

The ‘Culture Auction Floor’ aiming to match 38 ‘EC quality stamped’ projects with donors has now been published by EuropeAid Thematic Operations. Projects evaluated under Investing in People, ACP Films and ACP Culture are ready to be financed.

Online platform that connects the people of Asia and Europe through Arts and Culture. is a portal initiated by the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and managed by the Cultural Exchange Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Culturelink Network

Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development

Doen Foundation

The DOEN Foundations ambition is to help build a sustainable world in which everyone can participate. DOEN promotes people and enterprises that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation.


Ecoartnetwork works within communities to: focus attention on interrelationships in ecological systems; create artworks that employ natural materials, or engage with environmental forces; reclaim, restore, and remediate damaged environments.

EENC Library

This section collects a set of resources in cultural policy and international cultural cooperation, particularly in the European context and with a focus on specialised sources of information and research resources.

Eldis Ressources on culture and development

Eldis aims to share the best in development, policy, practice and research, as well on culture.

European Expert Network on Culture (EENC)

The EENC has been set up at the initiative of the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture. The project comprises a group of high-level experts in the field of cultural policy who provide reports and studies on a range of topics according to requests of the European Commission.

European Union National Institutes of Culture

EUNIC is the network of the international cultural relations institutes from the member states of the European Union. Formed in 2006, it has 30 members from 25 countries.

EUNIC’s members work in over 150 countries with over 2,000 branches. They work in the arts, languages, youth, education, science, intercultural dialogue and development sectors. The members’ employ over 25,000 staff and have a combined turnover over €2.5bn.

Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity fosters partnerships between public, private and civil society actors in cultural industries in developing countries.


The aim of the international platform is to help make the variety of artistic contributions on the subject of climate change visible and in so doing to set in motion an international exchange.

IFFACA – The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

Global network of arts councils and ministries of culture to improve the capacity and effectiveness of government arts funding agencies to benefit society through networking, advocacy and research.

International Cultural Cooperation in the Compendium Country Profiles

The updated Compendium country profiles provide more detailed information on how national governments and other actors are pursuing international cultural cooperation programmes and strategies

KIT Information Portal Culture for Development Directory

The Culture for Development (C4D) portal will be continued as directory with links to organizations, e-publications and other electronic information sources in the Culture for Development field.

Platform for cultural cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Find Ideas. Find People. Find Money. Find Events. Find Debates. One website, 50 countries, 6 languages.

Le Cartel – Réseau théâtre au Burkina Faso

Reséau Maboké – Théâtre en Afrique centrale

Réseau Culture Haïti

Linking Culture, Education and Sustainability: Good Practices from Around the World

UNESCO and University of Gloucestershire offer this site.

Mimeta – Centre for Culture and Development

Mimeta focuses on supporting the service providers to The Arts and Creative Sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It aims to strengthen structures through organization, information and advocacy, through platforms and mobility and through the development of creative economies.

Observatory for Culture and Communication – Observatorio de Cultura y Comunicación

OCC-FA)is a study centre for the debate and proposals on the current transformations in culture, communication and cultural policies.

Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa

OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level.

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Culture and development section

The Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

Red Latinoamericana de Arte para la transformacion Social

Founded by 24 artistic, cultural and social organizations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru that for the last twenty years have been developing artistic quality practices – through music, danza, theatre, circus, visul arts – in contexts of poverty and social exclusion, with the objetive of installing effective citizenship, consciousness of human right, multicultural dialogue and social equity.

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders has established partnerships with 18 local NGOs that specialize in defending the freedom to report news and information.

Southern African Development Community (SADC), Centre of Communication for Development:

Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries

This UNESCO expert facility project is funded by the European Union and contributes to the implementation of the 2005 Convention. It aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countries and reinforce the role of culture as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction.


One chance the South has of asserting itself and reaching an equal footing with the rest of the world is through its culture. That is why artists, festivals and cultural operators need the necessary information, visibility, promotions, networking, and cultural product circulation tools. Sudplanete is already a rich, multilingual database that lists nearly 22391 artists, 23510 cultural events, 6030 professional organizations, 3 500 venues, 12065 films, 10336 books, 2067 albums, 800 shows, etc.

Tebtebba Foundation, Phillippines

Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organisation born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples recognised, respected and protected worldwide.

The Agenda 21 for culture

is a tool to enhance the role of culture in urban policies and also a tool to make cultural issues the fourth pillar of sustainable development. Therefore, the Agenda 21 for culture proposes, on the one hand, strengthening local policies, asserting the importance of solid and autonomous cultural policies, and establishing bridges with other areas of local governance. On the other hand, the Agenda 21 advocates the integration of culture as a fundamental element of our development model.

The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS)

The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society is engaged in developing new approaches and understandings to the study of culture in India. The CSCS aims to function as a site for interdisciplinary teaching and research spanning the humanities and social sciences.

The Glocal Network on Media and Development

Glocal NOMAD is a network between Roskilde University, Aarhus University and Malmo University that aims to create an organized setting for Danish and cross-border knowledge production in the field of media and communication for development.

The Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (ICDF)

Founded at the initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2005, the ICDF helps cultural organizations become more competitive and sustainable through programs and projects that help reduce poverty, improve quality of life, and increase social equality in the region.

The MDG Achievement Fund

The Fund focuses on cultural rights, social inclusion and increasing the cultural heritage and tourism potential of country’s with the aim of reducing poverty, increasing employment and improving socio-economic opportunities for the marginalized segments of the population.

The power of culture "Culture is room for development"

A website from the Netherlands that offers a variety of resources primarily on the relationship between the expressive aspects of culture and development.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

The Bellagio Center promotes innovation and identify impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems.

The South-North Network Cultures & Development

The Network addresses the essential role of cultural dynamics within society. Published the journal ‘Cultures and Development’.

UNESCO Culture and Creative Industries around the World

This site is a unique gateway to online resources on the culture and creative industries around the world.

UNESCO Knowledge Bank

on the Cultural and Creative Industries

This site is a unique gateway to online resources on the cultural and creative industries around the world.

UNESCOs Portal for Rio+20

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, offers the world a unique chance to advance sustainable development.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

WIPO is responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world.

World-Wide Cultural E-Resources

Culturelink Network has a brilliant link list.

WWW Resource Centre Culturelink Network Overview

Culturelink, the Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development, was established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1989 in Paris at the UNESCO Consultation of Representatives of Regional and Sub-regional Networks for Cultural Development Research and Cooperation.

Zunia Section on Culture

Zunia is a portal for knowledge exchange among development professionals worldwide. It has a large section on culture.