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Culture

Culture is an important sector of social and human development, which contributes to identity-building and self-esteem, fosters economic growth and social cohesion, and helps to promote political participation and ownership. In its mainstreaming sense it is defined by specific values, traditions and behavioural patterns that need to be considered in all sectors of development when working with partner countries.



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  Call for proposals ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’ under the thematic programme ‘Investing in People’.

Deadline for submission of concept notes: 18 December 2012

The call includes two lots with the following specific objectives:

Lot 1:     Encourage cultural expressions which promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and human and cultural rights, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation

Lot 2:     Strengthen capacities of cultural actors for the development of a dynamic cultural sector contributing to economic growth and sustainable development


  Second call for proposals ACP Cultures+. Open until 20 December 2012

Cultural projects in ACP countries can apply for grants in the framework of this call for proposals. The funds made available amount to € 14.8 million, of which € 10 million for the cinema/audiovisual sector and € 4.8 million for other cultural and creative industries. The call objectives, eligibility criteria and other relevant information are published in the Guidelines for Applicants.


  Results of the ACP Cultures+ first call for proposals

20 grants were awarded to projects in different areas of the cultural and creative industries in ACP countries.


Financial support

For the period 2007-2013, the EU’s development action in this field is financed through two types of instruments:

  • the implementation of the policy at national and regional level is supported by geographical instruments, such as the European Development Fund (in the ACP countries), the Development Co-operation Instrument (in Latin America, Asia and South Africa), and the European Neighbourhood & Partnership Instrument (in the neighbouring regions);
  • the thematic programme Investing in people, where 50 million € are allocated to the culture strand under the heading "Access to local culture, protection and promotion of cultural diversity", focuses on the development of policies that allow better access to and preservation of local culture and on offering opportunities for cultural exchange and strengthening contacts between cultural actors as a way of allowing multicultural and multiethnic dialogue aimed at the improvement of mutual understanding and respect, and preservation of local and indigenous culture and values.

Background information

Culture has an important place in the EU’s development cooperation, which seeks to:

  • give consideration to local and regional cultural specificities when designing and implementing development cooperation programmes and projects. Particular attention is given to targeting cultural aspects under specific sector programmes to accompany partners for a smooth evolution, where certain traditions and behaviours are damaging and jeopardise attempts to reduce inequalities and poverty;
  • encourage its partners to include culture in their own poverty reduction strategies and national development plans;
  • promote the conservation, dissemination and promotion of cultural diversity at local and national level;
  • stimulate the access of local people to their own culture and to income generating activities based on the dissemination of culture and traditional heritage;
  • promote intercultural dialogue at all levels and South-South cooperation;
  • support the establishment of networks for exchanges of expertise and good practice, as well as training and professionalisation of the sector.
Last update: 15/11/2012 | Top