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OECD Report on Culture and Local Development

Background document

There has been a growing interest in the role played by cultural activities in local development. When major traditional industries declined or disappeared at the end of the last century, cultural tourism and creative industries have been recognised as both a heritage and a lever for future development.

Central and local governments were mandated to develop infrastructures for cultural creation and heritage conservation, to widen the accessibility to cultural goods and services, and to ensure that culture reinforces the image of their territories. These objectives remain valid, but the context has evolved, influenced by several trends.

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Just released

OECD ICOM Guide for Cities and Museums on Culture and Local Development: Maximising the Impact

Launch version

The Guide provides assessment frameworks for national, city and regional governments, the museum community, private foundations and other stakeholders interested in:

  • New ways to measure the social and economic impact of culture and museums on local development. 
  • Examples of ‘what works’ in maximising the impacts and creating linkages between the cultural heritage and the local economy and social fabric.

The guide will be launched by Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General, and Peter Keller, ICOM Director General, on Thursday 6 December in Venice.

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