Racines. aisbl is a non-profit international association that advocates and works for the embedding of culture in human, social and economic development public policies. The association was born out of the joint will of African, European and International cultural actors, who believe that the issue of culture is one shared by all and that cultural action can provide solutions for peace, sustainable development and cultural diversity problems, among others. To achieve this, cultural actors come together to provide diagnostic and decision-making tools (research, assessment, mapping), advocacy for the strengthening of creative freedom (freedom of expression, statutes of the artist, author’s rights), tools for the professionalization of cultural actors around the world (training, networking), and a common effort, as well as discussions, between professionals from all countries.
Racines association militates, on a national, regional, continental and international scale, for:
- The promotion of access to culture for all as a universal human right;
- The promotion of culture as a vector of democracy and human, social and economic development;
- The establishment of effective and appropriate cultural policies;
- The promotion of cultural diversity;
- A true cultural economy and viable creative industries for artists and professionals;
- The status and rights of artists and their freedom of expression and creation.
Racines association also aims to support the initiatives of public, private or academic cultural actors and professionals in the field of culture:
- Building and developing effective advocacy networks for the cultural and creative sector;
- Collect, update and disseminate information, data and documents useful to cultural organisations;
- To stimulate and organize debates on arts, culture, democracy, citizen empowerment, international solidarity...
- To help build national, regional, continental and international circuits (festivals, meetings, etc.) to disseminate cultural goods and services and enable artists to disseminate their creations
- Contribute to the training and development of human resources in the cultural sector;
- To improve working and living conditions, and to defend the rights of artists and cultural professionals;
- Participate in the popularization of the arts among the public;
- Participate in meetings, conferences, debates and forums on culture and development issues.