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culture as the driving force behind developmentjanuary2004 nederlands

Controversial reports highlight lack of development in Arab world

The authors of two controversial reports about the growing lack of development in Arab countries received a Prince Claus Prize on 10 December. A panel discussion held in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam organised the previous day concerned the Arab Human Development Reports, which attracted one million readers in Saudi Arabia alone. >>>

Craftsmanship receives central focus in Prince Claus Prizes

Craftsmanship as a renewing force in a globalising world. During the annual presentation of the Prince Claus Prizes on 10 December in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Prince Claus Fund honoured artists, thinkers and cultural organisations that have developed new views on traditional techniques and crafts. >>>


UZAK at Film festival Rotterdam

Turkish moviemaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan personally makes and produces his films together with family and friends. His movie UZAK (VER) won the Grand Prix du Jury in Cannes, with the prize for best actor going collectively to the two main characters, portrayed by Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak. UZAK will be shown at the film festival in Rotterdam and will be released in the Netherlands on 26 February. >>>


HGIS funds for cooperative project VOC archives

Research to VOC archives in The Nederlands, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and South Africa makes these archives accessible in an uniform manner. >>>

ECF new HIVOS partner

Hivos and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) have joined forces. Early in November these two organisations signed a contract by means of which HIVOS will financially support the ECF activities in the south-eastern part of Eastern Europe. >>>

First part of WSIS in Geneva

According to the United Nations, access to internet and telecommunication in developing countries can help to combat poverty. A large-scale summit was organised in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 to bring together numerous parties to discuss the infrastructure necessary for this purpose. >>>

World Summit on information fails to rise above vagueness

To be continued. That seems to be the most important outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003. >>>

Brazilian craftsmanship project wins Development Marketplace 2003

Not the local development authorities but the local inhabitants themselves are often the ones to present the most effective solution to a development problem. With this idea in mind, the World Bank organises the Global Development Marketplace once every 12 to 18 months. >>>






Website on the cultures of the Mediterrenean.


 Two movements in the non-western policy of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.


Archive 'Current Affairs'

'Current Affairs' since september 2001





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