The international network that progresses the role of culture in local development.
UCLG is the peak body for local government in the world, and their Committee for Culture is the group that focuses on the role of culture in local development. It is the global platform of cities, organisations and networks to learn, cooperate and launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable development. The Committee is comprised of members from local government across the world who meet regularly.
The group’s mission is to promote culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development through the international dissemination and local implementation of the document Agenda 21 for Culture. Their Policy Statement on Culture as a focus for local government was adopted internationally in 2010. ALGA (the peak body for Australian local government) endorsed the policy statement in 2011, enabling all Australian local governments to include culture as a domain of policy and activity. The Committee’s website offers a huge amount of information regarding culture and local governance from an international perspective.
International network of cultural researchers
The Cultural Research Network is an open resource-sharing community of practice for anyone involved in culture-related research. The network emphasizes the practice and process of current research, and the opportunities to inform that active work among peers, academics, and fellow professionals. Its collaborative platform provides opportunities to explore project or professional connections, methodological challenges, technological innovations, standards and practices, and shared infrastructure. It has an open resource-sharing focus.
The group is co-ordinated by a steering committee of members from USA, UK and Australia, including CDN’s Research Consultant Dr. Kim Dunphy. Anyone is welcome to join, and learn from and contribute to, the email listserv.
IFACCA is dedicated to improving good practice in arts and cultural policy development, arts funding, audience development and public access to the arts. It aims to improve the capacity and effectiveness of government arts funding agencies to benefit society through networking, advocacy and research. Its regular newsletter Acorns contains news, events, publications and listings of interest to people working in arts councils and culture agencies.