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Economic growth at the expense of wider society, results in already marginalised groups being further excluded and there being little reduction in actual poverty levels. For more inclusive growth there is a need to better mobilise the talent of the entire populations. Heritage can be a strong asset in this goal. When people engage with, learn from, value and promote their cultural heritage, it can contribute to both social and economic development. An inclusive way of working, that engages individuals and communities in their heritage, and supports institutions and nations to effect positive change for all levels of society, can lead to economic growth and better social welfare. Heritage in this way can be a source of sustainability, a way to embed growth in the fabric of society and to celebrate the past in today’s evolving world. 

Working with the UK heritage, arts and craft sector British Council makes tangible and intangible heritage accessible and relevant to society, through a people-centred approach. By creating exchanges, research and collaboration we benefit people from diverse backgrounds and geographies within Nepal to better understand, respect and engage with each other through cultural heritage. We support professionals to develop expertise and build lasting relationships realising social and economic outcomes.  

In Nepal our work in cultural heritage is carried out through: 

Our Dream City 

Connecting young people, community and government leaders with digital tools and storytelling, the Our Dream City campaign create meaningful content and connections around localities and their heritage while addressing issues of sustainable development. Our Dream City campaign runs the Virtual Heritage Tour series visiting a myriad of destinations in Nepal and abroad to enhance the digital footprint of Nepal’s tourism attractions. 

Film and Archives 

British Council under a three-year MOU with the Film Development Board Nepal, programmes creative responses to the task of archiving, preserving and promoting the audio-visual heritage of Nepal. And using film arts as a platform for inclusion by representing women/girls and young people in creative expression.  

Crafting Futures  

Crafting Futures Nepal part of a global British Council programme, active in over 20 countries around the world with an extensive network of partners. Through making and international collaboration, Crafting Futures brings together craft practitioners, designers and organisations from around the world to explore possibilities for this future together. The programme is currently active in South East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Wider Europe.