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Culture in EU development policies and external action: Reframing the discussion

Briefing Note 92

July 2016

Helly, D., Galeazzi, G. 2016. Culture in EU development policies and external action: Reframing the discussion. (ECDPM Briefing Note 92). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Culture permeates many pivotal political agendas. At European level, EU institutions are working towards a strategy on international cultural relations. At the global level, the relation between culture and development is addressed in several Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) targets and in an increasing developed body of research.

This briefing note casts light upon culture in EU development policies and external action, reviewing discussions around this topic and opening the floor for questions. With the SDGs and new EU strategies in place, how will culture and development objectives meet in practice?


Key messages


  • Despite the lack of an explicit Sustainable Development Goal on culture, the relation between culture and development is still addressed in several targets and in an increasing developed body of research.
  • The EU institutions are working towards a strategy on international cultural relations, marking a shift in the way the EU and its Member States have developed EU external action globally and opening new windows of opportunity for experimentation.
  • The ECDPM culture and development cloud illustrates the different perceptions of the interplay between culture, development work and external action by practitioners and organisations who nevertheless adopt four complementary perspectives influenced by economy, anthropology, diplomacy and arts.
  • Ideas for research and action in the intersection between culture, development and diplomacy are already being discussed and proposed.

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Photo: Street art in Maboneng, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa; courtesy of Adamina via Flickr.

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