Culture Archive

  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 Video URL: http://youtu.be/otSimrb5rcs

    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 Video URL: http://youtu.be/otSimrb5rcs

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  • 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, […]

    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, […]

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  • 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, […]

    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, […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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. http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/cultural-diversity/the-cultural-diversity-lens/

    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. http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/cultural-diversity/the-cultural-diversity-lens/

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  • 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 http://tinyurl.com/99t5zr4) Following the spirit of the UNESCO Convention, the aforementioned European Agenda for Culture (http://ec.europa.eu/culture/our-policy-development/european-agenda-for-culture_en.htm) further developed the idea of integrating and mainstreaming culture in the […]

    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 http://tinyurl.com/99t5zr4) Following the spirit of the UNESCO Convention, the aforementioned European Agenda for Culture (http://ec.europa.eu/culture/our-policy-development/european-agenda-for-culture_en.htm) further developed the idea of integrating and mainstreaming culture in the […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • Culture. Market. Development. Stimuli from the Creative Industry for International Cooperation http://tinyurl.com/8zh75om 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 http://www.ietm.org/?p=information&q=events A global network to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts. The International Seminar on Culture and Development, Girona May 2010 http://www.culturaydesarrollo2010.es/eng/documentacion.asp 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 http://www.art4development.net/lecturesandguestspeakers.html A multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach in development with arts" provide insights to issues and ways of making positive […]

    Training and Events on Culture for Development

    Culture. Market. Development. Stimuli from the Creative Industry for International Cooperation http://tinyurl.com/8zh75om 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 http://www.ietm.org/?p=information&q=events A global network to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts. The International Seminar on Culture and Development, Girona May 2010 http://www.culturaydesarrollo2010.es/eng/documentacion.asp 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 http://www.art4development.net/lecturesandguestspeakers.html A multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach in development with arts" provide insights to issues and ways of making positive […]

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  • 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. Loading Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD) http://www.dccd.dk/en/ 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 http://www.culturaleconomics.org 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. AFRICALIA http://africalia.be 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 […]

    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. Loading Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD) http://www.dccd.dk/en/ 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 http://www.culturaleconomics.org 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. AFRICALIA http://africalia.be 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 […]

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  • This is a large reading list on culture and development. You can use Weitzenegger’s Culture for Development Cruiser to access them quickly. Use your own search terms. It’s as easy as Google. Loading Weitzenegger’s Culture4dev Reader http://culture4dev.weitzenegger.de This page displays recent news and links on culture and development from the sources mentioned here. Do you have a newsletter related to culture for development? Please send it to culture4dev[at]weitzenegger.de to appear on this page. Converging Pathways to New Knowledge http://tinyurl.com/8zbnopo is a LabforCulture initiative considering the future of knowledge building and knowledge sharing within a new digital paradigm. Creative Industries and Micro & Small Scale Enterprise Development http://tinyurl.com/9so77xq A Contribution to Poverty Alleviation, 2005, UNIDO Culture as a tool for development: challenges of analysis and action Mettre la culture au service du développement : défis d’analyse et d’action http://arcade.acted.org/images/arcade_livre_et_couv_BD.pdf Funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid-Budget line “Awareness raising on development”), ARCADE […]

    Reading List on Culture for Development

    This is a large reading list on culture and development. You can use Weitzenegger’s Culture for Development Cruiser to access them quickly. Use your own search terms. It’s as easy as Google. Loading Weitzenegger’s Culture4dev Reader http://culture4dev.weitzenegger.de This page displays recent news and links on culture and development from the sources mentioned here. Do you have a newsletter related to culture for development? Please send it to culture4dev[at]weitzenegger.de to appear on this page. Converging Pathways to New Knowledge http://tinyurl.com/8zbnopo is a LabforCulture initiative considering the future of knowledge building and knowledge sharing within a new digital paradigm. Creative Industries and Micro & Small Scale Enterprise Development http://tinyurl.com/9so77xq A Contribution to Poverty Alleviation, 2005, UNIDO Culture as a tool for development: challenges of analysis and action Mettre la culture au service du développement : défis d’analyse et d’action http://arcade.acted.org/images/arcade_livre_et_couv_BD.pdf Funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid-Budget line “Awareness raising on development”), ARCADE […]

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  • On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on culture and development, which emphasizes the important contribution of culture for sustainable development and for the achievement of national and international development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). http://tinyurl.com/7b5zeah Paragraph 16 of the final declaration emphasizes “the importance of culture for development and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”. And paragraph 66 affirms that “the cultural dimension is important for development. We encourage international cooperation in the cultural field, aimed at achieving development objectives”. http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/mdg%20outcome%20document.pdf These principles were already enshrined in the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The UNESCO Convention, which entered into force in March 2007, highlights the dual nature of culture as a value in its own right and as a tool for economic progress, whilst preserving its unique character […]

    United Nations recognizes the role of culture for development

    On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on culture and development, which emphasizes the important contribution of culture for sustainable development and for the achievement of national and international development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). http://tinyurl.com/7b5zeah Paragraph 16 of the final declaration emphasizes “the importance of culture for development and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”. And paragraph 66 affirms that “the cultural dimension is important for development. We encourage international cooperation in the cultural field, aimed at achieving development objectives”. http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/mdg%20outcome%20document.pdf These principles were already enshrined in the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The UNESCO Convention, which entered into force in March 2007, highlights the dual nature of culture as a value in its own right and as a tool for economic progress, whilst preserving its unique character […]

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