The University of Girona, Spain (UdG) and the Technological University of Bolívar, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (UTB) signed an Institutional Collaboration and Cooperation Agreement, which is aimed at channeling the processes of exchange and knowledge. This agreement functions via the Master's Program in Development and Culture and the Development and Culture Network, coordinated by the UTB and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of UdG.
As a result of this cooperation, they asked for the assistance of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation within the Interuniversity Cooperation and Scientific Research Program PCI-AECID.
This union of academic institutions has the goal of strengthening the actions and concrete processes of knowledge exchange, thus achieving the design and execution of the projects, encouraging the exchange between teachers, researchers and students, organizing activities in the scientific and cultural environment, creating cultural agents capable of influencing contemporary processes of development and culture and expanding the study of cultural policies as paths for development.
Within this framework, the Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Development and Culture (L + ID) was established and launched as the space where networking dynamics, research and innovation processes and scientific cooperation and exchange come together.
The Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Development and Culture (L + ID) is a space for the study and exploration of strategies and projects to strengthen the role of culture in the strategies of development and contribute to the advancement of local, national, international and multilateral strategies and projects in the field of Development and Culture.
Aware of the decades' worth of work by a great number of actors in different countries, this Laboratory has the mission of promoting a space of cooperation among specialized researchers or ensuring that they incorporate this dimension into their work, with the goal of exchanging their lines of research and achieving a greater level of visibility in these studies.
The Laboratory tries to generate a process of exchange, mutual knowledge and collaboration systems to configure a community that is capable of putting in their knowledge against the challenges of a greater contact between culture and development in the current world and in the agenda of international actors.
It is made up of researchers, university professors, professionals with plenty of experience and experts that contribute their knowledge and experience to the forming of research, innovation, evaluation and consultancy projects.
It allows for an encounter and exchange between experienced specialists and young researchers in the training process.
It is a North-East, Public-Private cooperation space that has two centers: the University of Girona in Spain and the Technological University of Bolívar in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, connected to the Institute of Development Studies –Ide.]
The laboratory focuses on the theoretical-practical issues of development and on the adequate policies for overcoming poverty. Thus, Cartagena de Indias, as the main center, becomes a space of singular importance due to its research-based work.
Its structure ensures the international mobility of its members and efficiency in the management and administration of resources for the execution of the initiatives.
The tasks of the laboratory
Test the state of research and innovation in the fields of development and culture in Ibero-America and at the international level.
Conduct research into the relations between development and culture.Foster innovation processes and knowledge transfer.
Conceive, develop, incubate and execute research and innovation projects that allow to create cultural undertakings capable of contributing to the generation of development processes, among which we find the following:
•Protocols for cultural management within the scope of culture and development.
•Community undertakings based on the culture of the community for overcoming their situation of poverty and for achieving social inclusion.
•Strategies for social inclusion through culture.•Cultural offers for touristic development.
•Proposals for the incorporation of cultural elements in public and private policies of development.
•Contribute to the exchange between experts, the configuration of networks and the strengthening of academic programs.
•Provide multilateral agents with applied research studies.
•Act as a consultant to public and private organizations for the design of policies and projects.
•Evaluate the impact of policies, projects and processes of cultural cooperation for development.
•Examine good practices within the scope of the relations between culture and development and analyze their contribution.
Components and resourcesAn international network of experts, which has a portal (www.desarrolloycultura.net) for the exchange of information and discussions that guarantee the quality of its intellectual production.
An important digital archive serving as a great reserve of knowledge regarding bibliographical production, experience, organizations and experts that enrich the tasks of the laboratory.
A laboratory that works hand in hand with communities and social groups, with which it shares a springboard to encourage initiatives for undertakings.
Akin to an artist's workshop, the laboratory itself is a kind of bridge not only for the observation of reality, but also for explorations, creations and innovations.
A space welcoming researchers, meetings, seminars and training courses.