Adopting a holistic approach, the CDIS covers 7 interrelated policy dimensions that address the multi-faceted contribution of culture to sustainable development.

The selected CDIS dimensions follow the recommendations of Our Creative Diversity, the 1996 UNESCO Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development. They provide coverage of most elements to be taken into account when describing the role of culture as both a driver and enabler of sustainable development. This approach encourages cross-readings between policy dimensions, so the results then illustrate the contribution of culture to the creation of economic, social and cultural value, as well as increasing the impact and effectiveness of development interventions.

Find more below about each of the seven CDIS dimensions, as well as the results obtained in 11 countries.

CDIS Methodology was developed thanks to the financial support of
Government of Spain

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