Daniel Gad

France

March 2007 -

France likes to cherish, protect and promote its own culture. No fewer than 367 French cultural institutes in 145 countries, including 219 offices of Alliance Française, try to offer a counterbalance to the dominant Anglo-Saxon culture in the world.

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Great Britain

March 2007 -

Britain's culture and development policy focuses most of its efforts on networks and exchanges. In addition, many of its artistic projects include a social dimension, such as democracy, human rights, the environment and gender issues.

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Germany

March 2007 -

Cultural policy in Germany is based on the humanistic tradition in which 'culture for everyone' and 'cultural multiformity' is central. Promoting understanding between cultures to prevent conflicts is the foremost principle of the German international culture policy.

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Austria

March 2007 -

Austria does not a have a well-defined strategy regarding culture and development but there are, nevertheless, various projects in progress. Most visible are those carried out by the Wiener Institut für Entwicklungsfragen und Zusammenarbeit ( VIDC),which was founded in 1987.

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Denmark

March 2007 -

According to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( Danida) "culture may be used as a tool for development and greater mutual understanding among nations". The Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD) promotes the cultural cooperation between Denmark and several developing countries as a parastatal institution under Danida.

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Italy

October 2004 -

Italian cultural policy revolves around the preservation of the 'beni culturali', the cultural heritage. This is not so surprising, as Italy is an expert in this field: it is a country that houses the legacy of its rich artistic past. The extensive involvement of private organisations in the arts is typically Italian too.

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