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Culture: Hidden Development

Creative Exchange, London, 2005, £ 10.00

Under the title Culture: Hidden Development, Creative Exchange has launched a new landmark report on culture and international development, funded by the UK's Department for International Development and intended to serve as a practical working guide to culture and development for the international development sector.

The report emerged from research which explored the use of culture and creative activities within the work of five UK-based development agencies - ActionAid, Comic Relief, Health Unlimited, Save the Children UK and Tearfund. One of the most significant discoveries was the degree to which culture was embedded in the agencies' work and thinking. Over two years, these five agencies spent a conservatively estimated L30 million on 350 projects in 40 countries. Though culture was a thread running through all work, it was largely invisible at policy level.

This Report is trying to make culture visible, by inspiring development thinking and action - informed by examples from other development actors - in which culture is taken into account, whether as a social landscape in which communities evolve, as a source of rich content and expression, or as a means of communication on key issues such as HIV/AIDS and human rights.

Orders should be placed directly with the distributor: Jill Chandler, Eco Distribution, email: jill.chandler@virgin.net

For more information, contact: Amy Barbor, Information Services Editor, Creative Exchange, Business Office 1, East London Centre, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 208 432 0550; fax: +44 (0) 208 534 2568; e-mail: hgould@creativexchange.org; http://www.creativexchange.org