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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development


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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The Art of Development Cooperation.Positions on the Promotion of Art and Culture in and by Developing Countries


Daniel Gad

The term “good governance” refers to governments that lead and support their countries and societies properly and well using appropriate institutional and conceptual structures. This responsibility brings with it a mandate to create and guide a range of organisations, programmes, projects and initiatives, including those of civil society. The discussion about good governance also forms part of the debate about development policy concepts, partly because of the particular political situations in many developing nations, but also because of the notion of international solidarity.

It is clear that development policy in global terms is an area of politics that for many years has failed to tackle cultural policy issues, and indeed it has systematically excluded certain conceptual approaches that are of extreme socio-political relevance. However, over the last 40 years, those involved in cultural policy have also been discussing a development policy that is oriented towards cultural policy. Concepts have been drawn up and projects, programmes and initiatives have been developed and executed. But, largely due to lack of funding, such practical initiatives have remained little more than showcase projects. It is debatable whether the results of these experiences have helped to augment development policy, which, from the perspective of Germany as a donor country in international relations, could also be described as a specific foreign cultural policy in developing countries.

Numerous questions emerge about the policy area of “culture and development”. The study entitled “Die Kunst der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Konzeptionen und Programme einer...

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