The European Union’s 2011 Agenda for Change promotes Culture as an essential contribution to two of the specific objectives agreed with partner countries: 1) enhancing human rights, democracy and other key elements of good governance; 2) promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. AETS has been nominated by the European Commission to take stock of EU and other development partners’ initiatives in the field in order to lay the foundations for a new approach to Culture in EU development cooperation for the 2014-2020 period. The overall objective of this assignment is to: • Provide an analysis identifying different possible scenarios for a future programme on Culture, under the Global Public Goods and Challenges programme taking into account the need to ensure coherence and complementarity with other financing instruments and aid effectiveness principles. The specific objectives are to: • Consolidate information available on current support to the Culture sector and identify best practices; • Provide a consolidated overview of the prospective approaches to Culture by the most important stakeholders, namely European Union Member State Agencies, UNESCO, UNIDO, UN-Habitat, UNDP and also civil society and the research community; • Formulate a set of recommendations for the possible scenarios and options for the implementation of the Global Public Goods and Challenges thematic programme on Culture. By means of an addendum, AETS was asked to consolidate upon the above by identify best practices, providing a consolidated overview of prospective approaches by the most important stakeholders and making a set of recommendations on 6 possible sceanarios for implementation covering the following domains: i) support to intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all cultures; and ii) support to culture as a promising economic sector for development growth.

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