John and the Shelter Music Boston experience at Lifebrige Shelter House

Salem – Massachusetts (USA) Where were you in 2016? If you happened to be living in the US, you could have been one of the 549,928 people experiencing homelessness (2016 annual homeless assessment report). You could have been lucky enough to be among the 68% who stayed in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens, but you could also have been among the ones … Continue reading John and the Shelter Music Boston experience at Lifebrige Shelter House

Eyob Teshome

(ETHIOPIA) EYOB is currently living in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. The agricultural sector accounts for 80% of employment and remains the major source and focus of the country’s growth but other sectors, such as service and industry, are increasingly gaining importance. Despite that, inequalities are rising and poverty rate remains high (29.6 %) both in urban … Continue reading Eyob Teshome

Joseph Samwel Kaya

(TANZANIA) JOSEPH is originally from Arusha, a city in the northern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region. It is a multicultural city with a majority of population descending from indigenous African, Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian. Over the past years, population in Arusha city has increased due to rural-urban migrations and it currently has one of the highest population densities among the urban centers in … Continue reading Joseph Samwel Kaya

Heba Daoud

(PALESTINE – GAZA) HEBA lives in Gaza. The Gaza Strip is a small self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that together with the West Bank, comprise the Palestinian territories, claimed by Palestinians as the State of Palestine. Gaza and the West Bank are separated from each other by Israeli territory. In the early 1990’s Israel imposed movement restrictions to Gaza citizens, … Continue reading Heba Daoud

Muntasser Jebrini

(PALESTINE) MUNTASSER lives in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, located 10 kilometres north of Jerusalem. Palestine is a state in the Middle East that is not recognized by all the countries in the world (only 136 out of the total 196 United Nations member countries do recognize it as state). The State of Palestine is comprised by the West Bank and … Continue reading Muntasser Jebrini

Ronald Palacios

(COLOMBIA) RONALD lives in Belén, one of the neighborhoods of La Candelaria, the historical and cultural center of Bogotá. Belén is a very small area comprised by no more than twenty blocks. Due to its location, receives a lot of movement of people traveling in and outside the city center, but despite that, it can still be considered a quiet area. Unluckily Belén has traditionally … Continue reading Ronald Palacios

What is this about?

Welcome to Culture is Development! This is a blog to unfold to the world the power of arts and culture in development processes, both in developing and developed countries. A sustainable development must consider different dimensions to ensure a better tomorrow for the people: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection are essential, according to the United Nations. The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals defined by … Continue reading What is this about?