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Harnessing cultural heritage for sustainable development: an analysis of three internationally funded projects in MENA Countries

Giliberto, Francesca, Labadi, Sophia (2021) Harnessing cultural heritage for sustainable development: an analysis of three internationally funded projects in MENA Countries. International Journal of Heritage Studies, . ISSN 1352-7258. (doi:10.1080/13527258.2021.1950026) (KAR id:89439)

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The importance of cultural heritage as an enabler of sustainable development is widely acknowledged. However, its role has remained marginalised in past and current international development agendas. This paper provides an original interdisciplinary study interrogating the potential of harnessing cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) for sustainable development. It also reflects on how international policies and narratives on cultural heritage for development have been implemented on the ground. In particular, it critically examines the contribution of cultural heritage to worldwide developmental issues, with an approach that traverses the three sustainable development dimensions. It investigates how cultural heritage has been used to tackle global challenges, such as poverty alleviation in marginalised groups (economic dimension); gender equality and the empowerment of women (social dimension); and environmental sustainability (environmental dimension). The analysis focuses on three heritage for development projects funded through the ‘Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund’, jointly implemented by UNESCO in partnership with other United Nations organisations and local partners in the Middle East and North Africa between 2008 and 2013. The article sheds light on multifaceted aspects of cultural heritage for sustainable development by discussing key achievements and common pitfalls.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13527258.2021.1950026
Uncontrolled keywords: Cultural heritage, sustainable development, gender equality, environmental sustainability
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (
Depositing User: Sophia Labadi
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2021 21:10 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:41 UTC
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