Bert Koenders

Minister Koenders: "Culture is an intrinsic part of combating poverty"

November 2007 -

"Central in the policy of development cooperation is how people want to be helped. That takes creativity and awareness. Culture gives the power and the space to work on the millennium objectives. It is an intrinsic part of combating poverty." Never before has Bert Koenders, the Netherlands' Minister of Development Cooperation, been so outspoken about the role culture plays in development.

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