Concept behind the Culture for Development Indicators

The Analytical Framework sets out the policy context, the conceptual basis and the methodology of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators. It outlines the key research questions of the methodology: how does culture help individuals and communities to enlarge their life choices and adapt to change and globalization? How can culture provide developing communities with opportunities for economic empowerment?

The Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is considered as the standard setting instrument that puts culture and development at its core for the first time. In 2010, the UN MDG Summit recognized the critical role of culture in development processes and the UN General Assembly adopted a specific Resolution on Culture and Development. In order to contextualise the policy relevance of the Indicators, the Analytical Framework traces the historical background of this agenda and provides an overview of the main objectives, definitions and conceptual themes of this pioneering initiative.

Back to top