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of arts & culture in Development
Gould – Coordinator- Creative Exchange
Extracted from the Nhimbe Newsletter: July 2004
September 09, 2004
use of culture is widespread in development, but its contribution is largely
invisible. Government funded research by Creative Exchange, the UK-based
network for Culture and Development, has found that 5 UK development agencies
spent around £30 million on 350 projects over 2 years. But generally cultural
activities are not recognized at policy level and there is limited understanding
of how they should be managed and implemented.
research found that culture was regarded as an important context for development;
as a rich source of culturally-appropriate local content for development
communications; and that cultural expression was a powerful mechanism
for awareness-raising, participation, dialogue and empowerment in development.
Creative Exchange is now working on an advocacy document to try and improve
awareness within the development sector of the role played by culture
Exchange has been operating since 1997 and operates a network of more
than 185 organizations and individuals in 26 countries who are using culture
and creativity in development and empowerment internationally. Our 'partners'
include UN agencies, international development agencies like Save the
Children and Action Aid, individual artists and development fieldworkers,
and grassroots projects in communities in the UK and developing countries.
are evolving the INTERCOM networking partnership between 10 other regional
networks for culture and development in East and Western Europe, Africa,
South East Asia, Australia-Pacific, Central, South and North America.
information service reach more than 1,500 people worldwide, and is a unique
source of best practice, professional development, advice, contacts and
support for people in this field. We are developing the Virtual Resource
Centre for Culture and Development, a specialist online information repository.
ongoing programme includes research on different aspects of Culture and
Development, including mapping the involvement of development agencies,
exploring the role of culture in conflict-related issues, integration
of refugees and asylum seekers, and creative approaches to both gender
equality and child rights/participation.
believe that arts and culture play a significant role in improving quality
of life of poor and disadvantaged people and in achieving sustainable
human development. We aim to help poor and disadvantaged people reach
their full potential by promoting education in the use of arts and cultures
for community and personal development.
be part of Creative Exchange and contribute to its events and information
services, you need to join as a partner. Information about partnership
can be obtained from our website at www.creativexchange.org or
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