Art for Life: The Role of Culture in Sustainable Development Through Case Studies
The presentation will address how cultural heritage can be drivers of socio-economic empowerment and human rights protection for the communities and contribute towards establishing more peaceful, cohesive, resilient societies.
Dr. Madhura Dutta is the Director and Lead, Research and International Collaborations. Madhura has twenty years of experience in the fields of social development, sustainable livelihoods based on traditional cultural assets, women empowerment and creative entrepreneurship. Other than her present organization, Banglanatak dot com, she has worked in UNESCO New Delhi as National Program Officer, in All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association, as its Executive Director and had short stints as an Advisor for Corporate Social Responsibility program. She has a PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and MA degrees in Sociology (Calcutta University) and Sustainable(Staffordshire University, UK). Banglanatak dot com is a 21+ year old Social Enterprise working with culture and development. We work across India with a mission to foster inclusive and sustainable development using culture-based approaches. We work for the protection of rights of women, children, and indigenous people. We are global partner to UNWTO, National partner to UNESCO, accredited to UN ECOSOC (special consultative status) and UNESCO ICH Committee for advisory services. We have 80+ full-time team with HO at Kolkata and branches in Jaipur and Goa. Our flagship program on culture and development is called Art for Life.