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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development


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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Governance for Culture.Reflections on the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project


Laurence Mayer-Robitaille

The concept of governance is multifaceted and establishes principles to guide activities and measures that determine the economic, administrative, institutional, regulatory, legislative and political environment in which the culture sector and its sub-sectors emerge.

A country’s system of governance for culture cannot be the sole responsibility of the Ministry of Culture. It must be the result of the interaction between various measures, decisions and activities undertaken at different levels by multiple stakeholders including international institutions, regional organisations, states and governments, local authorities, public institutions and organisations, non-governmental organisations, professional creators associations, and private sector cultural enterprises. Such a wide range of actors contribute to framing an environment in which culture and the cultural sectors can flourish.

The “quality” of the system of governance for culture at public authority level depends on several factors that are political and technical.

Effective governance can be determined to a large extent by the vision and action of government officials in charge of the culture sector as well as their commitment to contribute to a system that is transparent (through full access to information), participatory (through the involvement of multiple stakeholders) and informed (through regular data collection and information sharing). ← 49 | 50 →

The 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures artists, cultural professionals, practitioners and citizens worldwide can create, produce, distribute/disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services...

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