Culture is seen as a source for the development of society. Task of cultural policy is therefore to create and support structures that promote mobilization of creativity of the people and thus ensure welfare, invation and pluralism. Such relationships have been discussed at the level of UNESCO for the past forty years. Within Germany and Europe as well as on the African continent experiences and initiatives are increasing in order to put discourse on cultural policies into practice. There is a need to provide a forum for the exchange of concepts and to identify the state of the art of theory and practice within the concepts of good governance and cultural policy. It is essential to clarify the role and the needed context of the arts, of art education and of individual artists in the development of society.
Wolfgang Schneider is Founding director of the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. Furthermore, he is Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development. Daniel Gad is Academic associate at the Department of Cultural Policy and Manager of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development at University of Hildesheim.