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Forum: Development and Culture

Held in March 1999 in Paris, organized in cooperation with UNESCO, and traditionally centered around topics linked to the economic and social development of the Americas, the 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, entitled Forum: Development and Culture, was concerned with the cultural aspect of development policies. The Forum looked at the direction of cultural change in today's world and its effects on political, economic and social spheres, as well as on the role that social capital plays in a society's economic and social development and in the advancement of democracy. Renowned researchers and intellectuals from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe analyzed development models and policies, diversity and cultural change, social participation and social capital, human development, communication and information networks in today's global village, cultural industries, and globalization processes.

The Forum's proceedings were published in a series of five volumes, as follows:

Volume 1: Cultural Values and Their Influence on Integration and Development Processes;

Volume 2A and 2B: Social Capital in Latin America and the Caribbean - Its Relationship with Culture Development Processes;

Volume 3: Cultural Industries, Globalization and its Impact on Integration and the Development Process in Latin America and the Caribbean, and

Volume 4: The Role of the State - Innovative Experiences.

Volume 4 carries the Position Paper on the Value of Culture, prepared by UNESCO's Cultural Policies for Development Unit, reviewing its programmes and projects on heritage conservation, intercultural dialogue, copyright, creativity and cultural industries, culture and democracy, as well as offering a checklist for the promotion of cultural policies for development. The Meeting also included seminars on the alliance of SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), technology and private capital, new initiatives to tackle international turmoil, investing in childhood with the aim of breaking the poverty cycle, facing up to inequality, and the international impact of the Euro.

To obtain the Forum's proceedings, please contact: Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20577, USA; tel.: 202-623-1000; http://www.iadb.org

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Evaluation of the Experimental Phase of the African Itinerant College for Culture and Development

UNESCO Studies and Reports of the Unit of Cultural Research and Management, no. 4, 1999, 41 pp.

The report Evaluation of the Experimental Phase of the African Itinerant College for Culture and Development (See Culturelink nos. 26/November 1998, pp. 13-14, and 27/April 1999, pp. 21-22.) is a UNESCO publication (written by Claude Fabrizio), covering the pilot phase of the College from January 1996 to December 1997. The publication deals with the design, implementation and execution of the College activities and presents certain findings and recommendations for a plan of action for the future.

To obtain the publication, please contact: UNESCO, CLT/CIC/CRM, 1 rue Miollis, F-75352 Paris Cedex 15, France, tel.: +33 (0) 1 4568 4330; fax: +33 (0) 1 4568 5591; e-mail: m.kovacs@unesco.org