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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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We Need to Establish Interfaces.Connecting Local Policies for Culture and Global Frameworks


Jordi Pascual

The discussions of the role of culture in development have intensified with the new century. The concepts related to culture (creativity, heritage or diversity) have provided meaning in debates (fight against poverty, sustainable development, urbanisation, governance) on the future of our societies, and some new actors (the world association of cities and local governments – UCLG, or the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural diversity – IFCD) have emerged with a commitment to analyse and influence these debates. The following paragraphs are the written notes of a speech I had the privilege to deliver in Brasilia on 22 May 2013, at the seminar on Culture and Sustainable Development organised by the European Union and the Government of Brazil. I believe that this speech is a suitable answer to the proposal of writing a text on Agenda 21 for culture.

Development is not understood as it was in 1972, 1987 or 1992. The concept has evolved. Amartya Sen, Arjun Appadurai, Edgar Morin or Martha Nussbaum (to name but a few) wrote their main contributions to what development means today after 1992. These contributions need to be considered.

The understanding of “development” has evolved. Today, development means freedom, widening the choices, putting human beings -children, men and women- at the centre of the future. Yes, development is today “human development”. It has been discussed and agreed, in all social sciences, from philosophy to sociology and geography.

Human beings need to develop capabilities/operational capacities (tools,...

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