Asia And Europe

ASEF Report now available: “Linking the Arts to Environment and Sustainable Development Issues”

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In 2010, ASEF commissioned research to investigate good practices connecting the arts to initiatives tackling environmental sustainability issues in a number of Asian countries. Titled Linking the Arts to Environment and Sustainable Development Issues,  the research project aimed to carefully document case studies that can not only provide inspiration for networking and collaboration between Asia and Europe in this area but also aid policy making and planning.

The researchers examined initiatives by the cultural sector as well as by civil society organisations working on environmental issues in nine Asian countries: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia.

Direct link to the final report (PDF file): Click here

Read more on the ASEF (Asia Europe Foundation)  website: click here

Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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Tajikistan: Bactria Cultural Center Director

Background on ACTED:

ACTED is an NGO founded in 1993 whose purpose is the implementation of emergency programs, reconstruction and development in countries in crisis and developing ..

ACTED operates in 25 countries across 5 areas (Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Middle East) and employs approximately 2,700 people.

Following an integrated development approach addressing both the economic, social, educational and cultural past several years, ACTED has expanded its share in the cultural field, specializing particularly in heritage preservation and education.

More recently, ACTED has implemented a network including a micro-finance industry, Oxus Development Network, and a branch Cultural Foundation Bactria, which covers the activities of Bactria Cultural Center.

Country profile:

Inaugurated in December 2001, the center is a place Bactrian language exchanges, artistic and cultural as well as a training structure. It is also the framework within which all activities organized conservation and recovery of assets conducted by ACTED Central Asia.

The Center provides the public with a rich library of over 11 000 documents (European literature, Russian and Tajik, audio and video).

Language courses (English, French, German and Italian) and computer courses attract more than 1,400 students each year.

The Center is also a true place of trade because there are organized exhibitions and concerts by artists from Tajikistan, Central Asia, and Europe, providing a real platform of expression to the artistic and cultural life.

Finally, as information relays, the Center also provides support for cultural exchanges, scientific and university between Tajikistan and the western world.

Bactria Cultural Center and the Embassy of France

Since 1 September 2004, alongside his duties within ACTED and within the broader partnership between the Embassy of France in Dushanbe and ACTED, the position of Director of the Center Bactria is also linked with the CO CAC Embassy of France in Tajikistan, where he has the post of Technical Assistant.

The Director of the Center Bactria is not provided staff of the Embassy.

Position profile:

In conjunction with the CoCAC and ACTED Paris, and under the authority of the Country Director ACTED Tajikistan, the responsibilities of the Director of the Center are:

1. Lead Center and coach the team (20 persons) in all areas including:

  • Club languages and education, including the French
  • Events (conferences, exhibitions, etc.)
  • Library
  • Movies
  • Talent development

2. Management Center

  • Ensure proper management of projects implemented under the center Bactria
  • Supervision of financial and logistical
  • Supervision of Human Resources and Administration
  • In charge of internal and external reporting (ACTED and Co-ACC)
  • Internal coordination

3. Ensure representation from central authorities and national partners center (embassies, institutions)

4. Participate in the development and implementation of cultural program and strategy center

  • Research funding and developing partnerships with international organizations, local authorities and private actors.
  • Business Development Center Bactria in Tajikistan and Central Asia Region, including the opening of cultural centers Khojand, Kurgan Teppa, Osh, in conjunction with those in Afghanistan in Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul.


  • 3 years minimum experience in managing cultural and educational projects
  • Master level training in management, administration or management of cultural events
  • Capacity management
  • Autonomy and accountability
  • Marked interest in issues related to the theme culture and development, particularly in terms of heritage, living culture, ecotourism, event.
  • Excellent English skills (written and spoken), Russian and / or Tajik (spoken) more

Other desirable qualifications:

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good knowledge and / or interest in Central Asia and Tajikistan


  • Salary: Depending on experience + cost of living allowance
  • Other benefits: Accommodation and transport covered
  • Mutual liability insurance and repatriation included.

Submission of applications:

Thank you to send us your application in French: CV, cover letter and three references to the following address:



Att: Human Resources Department

33, rue Godot de Mauroy

75009 Paris


Fax. + 33 (0) 1 42 65 33 46

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