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Putting Culture First Commonwealth Perspectives on Culture and Development

By Mark Nowottny, edited by Andrew Firmin
Commonwealth Foundation, 2008, 68 pp., ISBN: 978-0-903850-33-9

In March 2008, the Commonwealth Foundation's Culture and Diversity Programme launched a major research project into culture, cultural policy and development, called "Putting Culture First". The report, based on extensive consultation and research across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth addresses seven key connections between culture and development, and signals a new prioritisation of culture at the Commonwealth level. The final chapter emphasises, arguably for the first time, the importance of engaging with issues of cultural rights at the Commonwealth level.

An electronic version of the report, along with the primary research feeding into it, can be found at ww.commonwealthfoundation.com/culturediversity/Research/What Putting Culture First is doing/. Alternatively, hard copies can be ordered from http://publications.thecommonwealth.org/putting-culture-first-666-p.aspx.

Contact information: Commonwealth Foundation, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, United Kingdom; tel.: +44(0) 20 7930 3783; fax: +44(0) 20 7839 8157; e-mail: geninfo@commonwealth.int; www.commonwealthfoundation.com