The Development and Culture Network is an initiative that had its origins in the Institute for Development (IDe) of the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia). It is part of the Departments of Economic and Administrative Sciences and Social and Human Sciences of that university. From its beginnings in 2008, to the present, the network has had the support of the Spanish Agency for Cooperation in International Development –Aecid–, the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policies and Cooperation and the University of Girona (Spain). In October of 2010 the Organization of American States –OAS– became a network cooperating entity.
Origin of the network
The group that founded the D&C Network is comprised of experts, academicians and institutions that came together for the Meeting on Development and Culture held from the 24th to the 26th of September, 2009 in Cartagena de Indias, which was organized by the network’s Coordinating Node. This meeting had as its objective the opening of spaces for reflection about the relationships between human development and culture in Ibero- America and the Caribbean.
The D&C Network has as its objectives the incorporation of the cultural dimension in the development policies of Ibero-Amercia and the Caribbean, and the fostering of intercultural dialogue. To achieve this it promotes the social appropriation of knowledge about the relationships between development and culture, with the objective of establishing theoretical bases that favor the incorporation of a new vision of development in the design and implementation of public and private policies.
Access to the D&C Network
The network is virtual and operates through this point of access. Here the visitor can find basic information about the experts and the institutions which are part of it, a directory of experiences and academic programs on the subjects of development and culture, and related publications in different formats such as books, periodicals, articles, legislation, websites and multimedia. The network also has information about the Ibero-American Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Culture and Development (L+iD) and about the Master’s Degree in Development and Culture.