We contribute to more inclusive and creative economies and societies through arts and culture. This is often achieved through working in cities or with communities and aligns with the goals of the OBS Database of Good Practices, a website that details good practices in culture and sustainable local development.
So far, we have contributed four case studies of good practices as follows:
Ramallah City of Resilience through Culture and Education report - 100 Resilient Cities [NEW: added January 2020]
The case studies provide examples of our partnership with the WOW Foundation delivering WOW - Women of the World Festivals, WOW Karachi and WOW Kathmandu.
Women of the World (WOW) is a global movement that aims to challenge attitudes towards gender equality, celebrate womens’ stories and showcase the power of arts and culture in creating dialogue on socially relevant issues.
It aligns with sustainable development goal five on gender equality and women and girls empowerment.
Further examples focus on our partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation).This includes a report on arts and culture for the Athens City Resilience Strategy 2030 that identified ways in which arts and culture could contribute to this strategy and enhance the cultural sector.
A second 100 Resilient Cities case study recognises the impact of the Ramallah City of Resilience through Culture and Education report, prepared by consultant Chrissie Tiller, in supporting the achievement of the city's resilience goals through increased attention to culture and the arts within formal and non-formal education. These align with Sustainable Development Goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities.
UCLG Committee on Culture and the OBS Database of Good Practices
UCLG is the main global platform of local and regional governments, helping to represent the voice of cities and local governments in global debates. The UCLG Committee on Culture works to strengthen the understanding and practice on culture and sustainable development, on the basis of its guiding documents - the Agenda 21 for culture (2004) and Culture 21: Actions (2015)
The OBS Database of Good Practices is an initiative established by the UCLG Committee on Culture and collects almost 200 case studies from around the world, connecting culture and sustainable development. Case studies have been indexed and are searchable on the basis of their links with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Culture 21 actions and a series of keywords.