Institutions, organisations and initiatives dealing with the relationship between culture and development primarily in practice
The pan-African institution was founded in 2001 in Mali under the patronage of the African Union. The objective of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) is to preserve and promote regional African languages. The independent academy supports regional initiatives and is in constant contact with national and international language research networks. The portal offers background information and presents the initiative’s projects.
The idea of the Arts in Africa website was born in 2007 at the Arterial Conference on revitalizing African Cultural assets held in Goree Island in Senegal. One of the resolutions made at the conference was the need to create a repository of information, resources and material on African arts and culture. Accordingly, the Arterial Network, with the support of the DOEN Foundation, European Union and HIVOS decided to produce, host and maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date website on African arts, culture, heritage and the creative industries.
Artlink is the Swiss office for art and culture from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Its objective is to make art forms and artists from these regions known and to support the work of immigrant artists in Switzerland. The web portal contains information about events, publications, arts projects and courses offered in Switzerland, and also offers a publicly accessible media library.
The Kulturelle Bildung dossier of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) deals with art and culture as engines of social developments. Its thematic focus is on Foundations of Cultural Education and Cultural Policy. Video interviews and background texts answer fundamental questions, supply more in-depth information and illuminate current trends. The dossier also refers to further publications by the bpb.
The association founded in 1986 caries out projects in cultural exchange and cultural policy events in Germany and abroad. The website provides an overview of initiatives and projects working on culture and development and selected in-depth focal topics. The portal facilitates contacts, informs about cultural events and understands itself as a supporting medium for the planned establishment of a European network for culture and development.
The international project by the Goethe-Institut and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was launched in 2004. At the intersection of culture and development it blazed new trails in development cooperation and foreign cultural and educational policy. The interdisciplinary, intercultural project focussed on dialogue and exchange. The website offers information about the idea, the concept and the implementation of the project and sheds light on its results and effects.
The audio article by Germany’s international radio broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) deals with traditional methods of education in Africa and the question whether the Internet can be useful in training both teachers and pupils. For approximately 50 million African children still have no school education. Can the Internet narrow the huge gap between Africa and the industrialized world? The five-minute report can be listened to or saved as an MP3 file.
The independent network and project office in the culture and development sector aims to give impulses, connect ideas and combine approaches. The portal presents the activities of the network, whose work focuses on managing cultural projects and producing specialized and background information. The initiative Kultur bewegt is supported chiefly by the association Pan y Arte.
Auf Initiative des ifa wurde 2005 eine Arbeitsgruppe mit den Durchführungsorganisationen der staatlichen deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und den Mittlern der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik gegründet, um die Zusammenarbeit effizienter zu gestalten. Das Dossier bietet ein umfassendes Informationsangebot im Rahmen der politischen Konzepte und praktischen Ansätze verschiedener Geberländer und Akteure zu Kultur und Entwicklung, zu Einrichtungen in Lehre, Forschung und Weiterbildung, eine Literaturauswahl, sowie Links zu weiteren Online-Dossiers.
The website of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs contains information on development policy interrelations. The manual Navigating Culture: A road map to culture and development was written to facilitate comprehension of the interactions between development programmes and culture and offers support in the realization of development programmes. It factors in both management/administration and practical implementation. The publication is available as a PDF download.
The association founded by Dietmar Schönherr helps people help themselves in the battle against poverty, disease and catastrophes. Pan y Arte aims to promote the arts and creativity in order to ensure sustainable development. To this end, the association supports arts projects in Nicaragua and in Germany advocates more awareness and implementation of cultural aid for developing countries. The portal provides insights into the objectives and activities of Pan y Arte and information about how to get involved.
The development policy nongovernmental organization has been advocating sustainable global development, human rights and fair working conditions worldwide for over 25 years. Through work inside and outside of schools and various publications, Südwind in Austria broaches the issues of global interconnections and their impacts. The portal offers information about the activities of the organization, which takes a stand for a more just world with high-publicity actions, campaigns and information work.
The Arterial Network was launched at a conference on Goiree Island, Senegal in March 2007, against the backdrop of the adoption of UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). The independent network made up of African artists, institutions, and initiatives and funding partners in the realm of civil society aims to strengthen and promote African arts and culture. The organization links the network partners nationally, regionally and across the entire continent, offers information and support, stimulates debate and furthers professional training. The website offers an overview of the activities of the Arterial Network and information about cultural policy topics, dates, research as well as the latest trends.
The Dutch portal for culture and development understands human creativity as the driving force behind development towards more political, economic and social freedom. The Power of Culture reviews art and cultural expressions in conjunction with human rights, education, emancipation, democratization and the environment. The site offers a list of Dutch projects and initiatives active in this area and refers to other media, sources and organizations. It also deals with the importance of cultural organizations in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The programme aims to align school education to the concept of sustainability and bring pupils closer to skills to shape the future. For actual implementation in the schools, Transfer-21 procures consultants and cooperation partners, provides teaching materials and promotes the training and further education of teachers. The website presents the programme and aims of the initiative; a comprehensive database enables rapid contacts with disseminators and cooperating schools.
The White Paper is a contribution of civil society to implementation in and by Germany of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). Germany joined the UNESCO Convention in March of 2007. The recommendations address stakeholders and partners who bear political responsibility for protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural forms of expression. Approximately 60 experts from the Federal Coalition for Cultural Diversity, among them the Goethe-Institut, have drawn up these political recommendations for action for German and European cultural policy. The White Paper is available for downloading as PDF files in German and English.
Education for All (EFA) is UNESCO’s biggest educational programme. At the World Education Forum in Dakar in the year 2000, 164 countries committed themselves to reach six educational goals by the year 2015. The 2008 UNESCO World Education Report is a halftime evaluation that documents the progress made so far since the World Education Forum and names the tasks until 2015. A German-language summary can be downloaded here as a PDF file.