Millennium Development Goals:

In 2010, world leaders meeting at the United Nations acknowledged "the importance of culture for development and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals".

As a factor in human development, culture can contribute to:

  • economic growth and the creation of jobs
  • promoting intercultural dialogue
  • respect for human rights and democratic values
  • the development of an active civil society
  • the prevention of conflict
  • social inclusion

Acknowledging this, and in line with its Consensus on Development , the EU has included activities in the field of culture in much of its development cooperation work. From 2007-2013, the funding for these came from various instruments that are both geographical and thematic in scope.

Geographical instruments:

Geographical instruments support activities in specific parts of the world, funding projects in countries and regions that have prioritised and requested such assistance as part of their cooperation strategies.

These instruments include the European Development Fund, which has provided €30 million for ACP Cultures, ACPFilms, and ACPCultures+, three programmes supporting the culture sector in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries.

Thematic instruments:

Thematic instruments support activities dedicated to a specific topic which complements action undertaken through the geographical instruments.

In the field of culture, the Investing in People initiative has provided €50 million to promote access to local culture and to protect and promote cultural diversity in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Joint the debate

You can contribute to the debate on culture and development on the EU website capacity4dev, an online community of development practitioners.

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