IIAS Newsletter 47 Spring 2008

'Culture is a basic need'. The Prince Claus Fund's Special Program: Cultural Emergency Response

Ginger da SilvaIwana Chronis

Natural and man-made disasters draw an immediate response from humanitarian organisations around the world. They provide invaluable service meeting the immediate physical needs for the victims and survivors. But an important element is often missing from humanitarian efforts and policy: help restoring the objects that help people know who they are. The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development established the Cultural Emergency Response program because it believes culture, too, is a basic need.

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