Themes

From 2011-2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supported the development of the research platform WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies and participated as member of the WorldCP International Working Group. Modelled on the highly-regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, WorldCP was intended to be developed into an international database and searchable website of country-specific profiles of cultural policies. The project was an initiative of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the global network of arts councils and Ministries of Culture. IFACCA worked with international and regional partners to oversee the development of WorldCP. In particular, ASEF supported WorldCP-Asia, a central component of WorldCP, by commissioning the profiles of the Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Three country profiles were launched in 2013 (India, South Korea, and Viet Nam) and three more were commissioned (Mongolia, Philippines, and Singapore). The profiles offer a comprehensive overview of the arts and culture policies of the countries and serve as a useful reference tool for policymakers, cultural practitioners, journalists, and researchers. They are researched and written by local national experts and presented in a consistent format to ease comparative analysis.

The research component was complemented by a series of Experts' Meetings to facilitate dialogue among the authors as well as between researchers and government officials. Experts' Meetings were held in Wroclaw, Poland (2015), Hanoi, Viet Nam (2013), Seoul, Korea (2011), and Melbourne, Australia (2011).

In 2017, the WorldCP project was discontinued by the lead partner IFACCA. However, given the existing information gaps in cultural policy, ASEF will commission a new series of country profiles under a new project to be launched in 2019.