The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) has reported on its participation in the international “Culture and Development” seminar held in Girona, Spain on May 4 and 5, 2010, as part of Spain’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In concert with the British Council and ARTerial, the OIF presented a joint project promoting the role of culture in development strategies. This initiative has been described as “exemplary” by the European Commission and the Secretary General of the ACP Group of Countries. The OIF press release states as follows:
“The three partners, which will soon be joined by the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation (AECID), have given themselves two years to achieve concrete and quantifiable results in four priority sectors:
- Coordinating the mapping of cultural industries of developing countries (this could be the first priority presented for community funding)
- Recognizing festivals as significant platforms for artistic exchange and intercultural dialogue
- Developing a consistent cultural development strategy by sharing information on training programs
- Sharing information on best practices for funding credit for cultural industries
“The seminar in Girona was organized by the AECID and the European Commission as part of a series of meetings on the theme of cultural cooperation and development in which the OIF was involved. This series includes the ‘Culture and Creativity, Vectors for Development’ symposium organized by the European Commission and the ACP Group of Countries (Brussels, April 2009), the British Council meeting on cooperation between European and African cultural agencies (Brussels, March 22, 2010), the UNESCO symposium on risk management in cultural funding (Paris, April 16 and 17, 2010), and the OIF meeting on mapping cultural industries in developing countries (Paris, April 24, 2010).”