Joint UN Programme
MDGF Culture for Development
The Joint Programme ended in June 2012.
The main aim of the programme was to help build social cohesion, develop greater respect for interculturalism, and increase awareness of cultural commonalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina through actions focused on strengthening cross-cultural understanding.
Key programme objectives included:
· Improvement of the cultural policy and legal framework
· Improvement of cross-cultural understanding
· Strengthening of the cultural industries, and
· Improvement of tolerance for diversity
HOW IS CULTURE DEFINED?
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City of Mostar:
Co-financing by CSOs:
Culture can mean a variety of things and can in broad terms be understood as the way people live (with each other), how they function in a certain context and why they make the choices they do. Culture is as such a characteristic of every society, which is being translated in the architecture and art, beliefs and values, dress, songs, traditions, language, etc. All of them enrich human lives, harness creativity and explore beauty, spirituality and communality. Being formed by people and societies, culture is not static but vibrant and ever-changing. It is highly dynamic and influenced by those who partake in its forms and creation. While often based on traditions and heritage of previous generations, culture is constantly created and re-created through changes in cognitions and perceptions. As a dynamic and creative form of human expression, culture can be a powerful motor for sustainable human development.
WHY PROGRAMME WAS INITIATED?
Culture lies at the centre of development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH): it represents both a major challenge for development, and a key part of the solution. Issues of ethnicity, religion and cultural heritage are difficult to separate in BiH, and the recent history of the country puts these at the heart of political and social development. Yet, a focus on the benefits of the country’s intercultural dynamics has the potential to promote wider tolerance, acceptance and understanding, and to provide economic opportunities that in themselves deliver development. Therefore, strengthening cross-cultural understanding, the role of culture, and related cultural tourism, in development strategies and planning, and building the understanding and capacity to deliver these, will enhance the prospects of meeting key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), thereby improving the quality of life in BiH.
CULTURE AS DRIVER OF DEVELOPMENT IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Culture can make a direct contribution to sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina by building upon existing assets in the areas of cultural heritage and cultural industries, and linking these directly to cultural tourism. Intertwined, these three areas – heritage, cultural industries and cultural tourism – present enormous untapped potential.
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· Municipalities Bijeljina, Rudo, Jajce, Prijedor, Bihać, Gradiška, Srebrenik, Novo Sarajevo, Tešanj and Sokolac
· Society for Protection of Cultural-Historical and Natural Heritage Jajce
· Pedagogical Institutes
· Association for Capacity Building and Development EU TAC