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The Strength of Culture for Development

Why Culture Matters in International Cooperation


Pascaline Gaborit

On the global scale, the challenges surrounding development are massive and complex, as inequalities in living conditions between the richest and poorest countries become greater. Development is a global challenge on a par with the financial crisis and environmental concerns. The participation of local communities and towns in development programmes may result from a desire for influence at an international level, rather than the idea that they can bring some measure of stability, like the large NGOs.
In this context, culture remains an omnipresent factor. Indeed, culture takes on a multifaceted front for it is not solely limited to the organisation of cultural activities or the protection of heritage, but also about the values, significance, and everyday actions of human communities. It contributes to the well-being of local populations. Using culture as a transversal tool to solve the development issues means tackling those issues from a different angle: bringing solutions to some multicultural questions that exist in rich countries.
This book brings together a selection of articles by researchers and experts in this area from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and countries.
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Pascaline Gaborit

Pascaline Gaborit has more than ten years of experience working with European local authorities, experts and research centres within the ENTP: the European New Towns and Pilot Cities’ Platform. She is coordinating exchanges, events and panel of experts. She is also managing EU co-financed projects on the different policies, actions and roles of local authorities (urban planning, social cohesion, environment, economy, communities, culture). She holds a PhD in political science and is the author/editor of several publications and reports. She is convinced that cooperation and exchanges among local authorities are very important. Recent projects include cooperation with Chinese and Indian towns (EAST project:, Southern Mediterranean New Towns (, on sustainable renovation (, Culture and development ( and migrants’ inclusion in Europe (Labour plus: .

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