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 www.redlat.org.

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. culture360.org 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 goethe.de/climate 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 http://www.ifacca.org

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 http://www.lecartel.net

Reséau Maboké – Théâtre en Afrique centrale http://www.lecartel.net

Réseau Culture Haïti http://www.reseau-culture-haiti.org

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: http://www.sadc-fanr.org.zw/sccd/sccd.htm

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.


http://www.sudplanete.net http://www.spla.pro

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.