The article "Cultural Development. Reactivation of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) and its Institutional and Political Implications" (Développement culturel: La relance du Fonds international pour la promotion de la culture et ses implications institutionnelles et politiques) was recently published in the “Les inédits” section of the Observatoire review.
Below is a summary of this article by Antonios Vlassis, postdoctoral researcher at Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (Université du Québec à Montréal) and junior faculty member in the political science department at Université Libre de Bruxelles.
“A year ago, and following the request of certain States, UNESCO took the initiative to reactivate the activities of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), which had been suspended in 2006. Even though this appears to be a key initiative with regards to questions surrounding cultural development and international cultural cooperation, it prompts us to assess the usefulness of the reactivation, the political and institutional implications of this action, and the relationship that the IFPC will maintain with the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its International Fund for Cultural Diversity.”
To read the article in question, available in French, visit the Observatoire des politiques culturelles de Grenoble website.
Observatoire des politiques culturelles (OPC) de Grenoble is a French organization concerned with the relationship between artistic and cultural innovations, societal change, and public policy at the regional level. Through the organization of studies, meetings, continuous education, and the dissemination of information, OPC’s goal is to keep a wide range of arts and cultural professionals, specialists, and elected officials abreast of the issues at hand.