How to build a successful partnership?

Partnerships are an important cooperation tool for building developing countries’ capacities to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and, in particular, for developing infrastructure, human resources, policies and the exchange of cultural activities, goods and services (Article 15 of the Convention).

The cultural, economic and social nature of cultural expressions calls for coordinated action from the public and private sectors and from civil society based on complementarity and mutual benefit. Partnerships play a key role in facilitating and encouraging dialogue among stakeholders under specific operational initiatives.

With this approach in mind, regional and international funds and calls for projects for culture and development are increasingly focusing on multisectoral programmes and thus guarantee greater impact and sustainability.

Culture professionals, familiar with networking and project-based approaches, have been long aware of the advantages of working with different disciplines, contexts, influences, etc. They are willing to look beyond the culture sector to work closely with other stakeholders from the private and public sectors and civil society. Like the latter, however, culture professionals often lack the needed tools and methods to initiate dialogue and form partnerships.

The Global Alliance fills the gap by offering a variety of tools, tips, case studies and assessment tools to stakeholders pursuing successful development partnerships in the cultural industries.

 

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