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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development

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Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad

Culture is seen as a source for the development of society. Task of cultural policy is therefore to create and support structures that promote mobilization of creativity of the people and thus ensure welfare, innovation and pluralism. Such relationships have been discussed at the level of UNESCO for the past forty years. Within Germany and Europe as well as on the African continent experiences and initiatives are increasing in order to put discourse on cultural policies into practice. There is a need to provide a forum for the exchange of concepts and to identify the state of the art of theory and practice within the concepts of good governance and cultural policy. It is essential to clarify the role and the needed context of the arts, of art education and of individual artists in the development of society.
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Celebratory Words

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During the awarding ceremony of the Hildesheim UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development in 2013, there were some warm words for the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. These are summarised below.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, linked the new UNESCO Chair to the tradition of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hildesheim (Hildesheim Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church). Furthermore she emphasised that the Department of Cultural Policy has become part of a world wide network which has dedicated its research activities to serving society. She expressed the hope that the UNESCO Chair would initiate a lively and sustainable exchange between international academics.

Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State of the German Federal Foreign Office, expressed her delight that the thematic orientation of the UNESCO Chair corresponds to one of the key aspects of foreign cultural and educational policy. Culture is defined as a fundamental field of societal development, change and democratisation. She also appreciated the geographical focus on the African continent when mediator organisations were completing existing university exchange programmes.

Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, considered the new UNESCO Chair to be the creative brain behind development cooperation – in a science-based and use-oriented way. The cultural dimension of development cooperation can support the processes of transformation and democratisation, crisis prevention and conflict management as well as the protection of natural resources. He...

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