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Harnessing Culture for Economic Development in Africa and Arab World






The contribution of culture to economic development is still widely overlooked. Indeed, the process of gauging the socio-economic performance of the cultural sector is a comparatively new tendency. In addition, the issue is a controversial one. Many still hold that cultural activities are matters of pastime and intellectual illumination. This prompts some to perceive  culture as being  of mediocre use in  respect of  economic development and must  therefore be restricted  to the domains  of grassroots engagement. This might account for  the lack of statistical instruments to gauge the role of culture in driving economic growth,especially in comparison to other sectors at the local and international levels.


Further,   culture, which involves arts and other cultural goods and services,  is indispensible to national economy.   Culture-based industries, also dubbed  “innovative  industries,” yields  direct economic advantages  to countries and societies, meaning  they generate job opportunities,allure  businessmen and entrepreneurs, bring forth  tax revenues, and spur  local economies through tourist activities  and consumer procurements.


These industries also generate  a plethora of benefits, such as providing an insight into how to get laborers get seriously engaged into cultural activities that uplift economy.

Moreover ,  in view of the fact that  it upgrades the  living standards of citizens,    culture is very crucial for  social development, strengthening  local service institutions  and drawing    youthful specialists into cultural projects that yields economic benefits.


The contribution  of culture to economic  development is  multi-pronged : it is perceived as  a genuine economic value, as well as a truly significant  catalyst for  regional development  that increasingly attract   aliens, dwellers,   investors and business-oriented people . besides, it is also viewed as a launching pad  for   community  development based on scholarship,   co-existence  and ingenuity.   Culture is inextricably correlated  to  metropolitan   roles  and the significance  of townships and cultural districts  in socio-economic ventures.


Culture can bear on   an array   national development programs, comprising  economic uplifting, urbanization and modernization, proceeds, cultural tourism, availability  and involvement,  and youth empowerment. Further,    Provision of assistance to   cultural  structures would go a long way towards  promoting cultural tourism and economic growth,  and elevating living standards. In addition  , culture,  including arts and other cultural topics,  is a key discipline at our educational institutions. Vibrant culture-related education    plays a key part in enhancing scholars' academic achievement and promotion of manpower. Academically speaking, culture-oriented education  ought to be robust in order to spread awareness of the importance of  cultural products and services in generating economic benefits.


To take full cognizance of  culture's effect  on national  economic development, it is significant  to grasp  the  meaning of culture, which is defined as "   a system of values and norms that are shared among a group of people and that when taken together constitute a design for living (Hill 98). Elaborately, it refers to people's modus Vivendi, and how their living standards could be uplifted, in addition to modus operandi.   Culture is closely related to  identity, ambitions, token reciprocation, cooperation,  institutions and behavioral attitudes  that attain  cultural purposes , including  race, rites, legacy, traditions, and faiths. It is not a myriad  of    primordial  prodigies  constantly  ingrained  in cultural practices ; rather, it is    a blend  of contended qualities, steadily shifting as to frame and get framed    by socio-economic dimensions  of societal  interplay.

Economic development is primarily  about boosting  the  determinants  of productivity, including  property, workforce, funds, and technological advancement, of a national, state, or local economy, as explained  by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Economic development impacts " growth and restructuring of an economy to enhance economic well-being. Countries achieve  economic growth when the quality of living  is constantly improving.