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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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Technical Assistance to Cultural Governance.About Cultural Industry Development in Niger


Jordi Baltà Portolés

In the context of the EU-UNESCO Technical Assistance Programme to Strengthen the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries, a project aimed at providing technical assistance to Niger’s Agence de promotion des entreprises et industries culturelles (Agency for the Promotion of Cultural Businesses and Industries, APEIC) was carried out in 2012.1

The main aim of the mission was to build the institutional and professional capacities of APEIC and its staff, in the context of the Nigerian government’s strategies for sustainable development, which recognise the potential of culture in this respect. By analysing the context in which cultural industries operate in Niger and the policies which are put in place in this field, by building the capacities of relevant stakeholders and by formulating recommendations to foster the understanding and integration of cultural aspects in sustainable development policies, the technical assistance mission should contribute to the promotion of new forms of cultural governance in Niger. In the context of the aforementioned EU-UNESCO Technical Assistance Programme, “cultural governance” is seen to

“result of the interaction of the measures, decisions and activities undertaken at different levels and by multiple stakeholders including international institutions, regional organisations, States and governments, local authorities, public institutions and organisations, non-governmental organisations, professional associations of creators and private sector cultural enterprise […] [which together] contribute to framing the environment in which culture and the sectors of cultural activity take place” (UNESCO 2012: 8).

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