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When asked what the Fund's motto 'Culture is a Basic Need' means to them, we received the following responses from various project partners:

"Culture is intricately linked to social and political questions; like food, shelter, health and education, we have an absolutely essential need to make our individual cultural expressions seen and heard; culture thus is a question of our survival. Hence, it is our right to be able to make our own cultural expressions, without having to succumb to the powers of cultural hegemonies." – Bhowmik, Bangladesh and India

"It means that Culture makes people look at each other like humans and not like numbers, not like consumers, not like machine components."  – Shahnoza Karimbabaeva, Uzbekistan

"Culture is the only factor that is universal to all societies and it connects us as a universal language. It’s the secret element that connects us to great collective unconscious. I also believe that it is as essential to us as the other well-established basic physical needs."                – Shehzad Chowdhury, Bangladesh

"To me, culture is human. A strong, free, real human will create a strong, free, real culture."    – Nguyen Phuong Linh, Vietnam

"The human need to express is the root of creativity." – Karen Ocampo Flores, Philippines

"Culture is a basic need because as a shared experience a group of people, nation or civilization, it mirrors the memory, spirit, struggles and the aspirations of humanity."       – Liza Maza, the Philippines

"No society can function without culture. Hence, culture is a basic need, and practicing it should be a basic right."  – Yuki Poudyal, Nepal

 

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Sada Mire

Sada Mire

Dr Sada Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist, art historian and presenter, who currently serves as assistant professor at the faculty of archeology, Leiden University. She is a public intellectual and heritage activist who has argued that cultural heritage is a basic human need in her 2014 TEDxEuston talk. In 2017, Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts selected...

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Mechtild van den Hombergh

Mechtild van den Hombergh

Mechtild van den Hombergh is Chair of the CER Advisory Committee. Since 1990 Mechtild has dedicated a large part of her working life to aspects of management and leadership. From 2008 until 2015 she lived and worked in Kenya. Since 2008 she has had her own company, Van den Hombergh Consultancy. Assignments are linked to organisation strengthening: advice, communications, marketing, fundraising, strategy,...

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Evert Meiling

Evert Meiling

CER Advisory Committee Member

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Michelle  Parlevliet

Michelle Parlevliet

Michelle Parlevliet has been working on the nexus of human rights, conflict transformation, justice, and peacebuilding for nearly 20 years. She currently works as a freelance consultant and is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam (Faculty of Law) to complete a dissertation that draws on her practical experiences. Between 1995 and 2010 she served, amongst other things, as senior conflict transformation...

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Deborah  Stolk

Deborah Stolk

Secretary to the CER Advisory Committee and Programme Coordinator CER

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