The Dutch Cultural Diversity Code

To reach out to the culturally diverse part of society, the Dutch cultural sector has launched in 2011 the Code Cultural Diversity (CCD).

A lar­ge part of the Dut­ch cul­tu­ral sec­tor seems to reflect only a cer­tain part of socie­ty. The audi­ence, view­ers and buy­ers, are pre­do­mi­nant­ly white nati­ve Dut­ch. The part­ners and staff that are invol­ved are sel­dom hete­ro­ge­ne­ous in terms of cul­tu­ral back­ground. App­li­ca­ti­ons sub­mit­ted to the cul­tu­ral funds rare­ly come from cul­tu­ral­ly diver­se organizations.

To reach out to the cul­tu­ral­ly diver­se part of socie­ty, the Dut­ch cul­tu­ral sec­tor has laun­ched in 2011 the Code Cul­tu­ral Diver­si­ty (CCD). The Dut­ch popu­la­ti­on, after all, con­sists of more than 1.9 mil­li­on peop­le of non-Wes­tern ori­gin. In the major cities the­se per­cen­ta­ges are signi­fi­cant­ly hig­her (around 35%) dis­coun­ting from this rate the third genera­ti­on of migrants. This is a rela­tively lar­ge popu­la­ti­on seg­ment of which about 80 per­cent are youn­ger than 15 years: a dis­tinct group that defi­ni­te­ly should be taken into account.

The Code pro­vi­des a step­ping-stone to deve­lop com­pre­hen­si­ve diver­si­ty poli­cy in the area of Per­son­nel, Public, Pro­gram­me and Part­ners. The insti­tu­ti­ons them­sel­ves are respon­si­ble for whe­ther or not to app­ly the Code. In prac­ti­ce, this hap­pens rela­tively infre­quent­ly. Becau­se of the cuts and the rest­ruc­tu­ring in the past poli­cy peri­od, this tool was not on everyone’s agen­da. In 2015 Dut­ch Minis­try of Cul­tu­re (Minis­te­rie OCW) has asked Dut­ch Fede­ra­ti­on of Cul­tu­re (FC) to bring the Code again in the cross­hairs of the sec­tor. This resul­ted in a road­map that has been for­med in coope­ra­ti­on with binoq atana.

You can learn more about The Code here.

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