Culture is that set of beliefs and practices which animates, sustains and binds a people and thereby defines identity. In the present maelstrom of existence, culture is at once being enriched and destroyed; insights of philosophy, artistic endeavor and scientific discovery continually bring a unique dynamism to human existence; the past is our bedrock and yet it must continuously evolve. The clock cannot stop nor be turned back. The perennial question remains: what must we carry through from our past and what must be changed to cope with current context of existence? This is the essence of the debate that takes place in our persons and society, albeit mostly at the subsurface level of consciousness, and generates conflict. The mechanism of conflict-resolution that a society evolves reflects its maturity. Open debate, tolerance for different views, freedom of expression, unhindered search for holistic knowledge of art and science, a clear bar on violence and institutions that foster this are qualities of a mature culture.
IAC has signed the Letter Of Intent with PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, an international organisation that provides technical assistance to 2,000 SMEs per year within programmes run by NGOs, development consultants and national governments.
They will assist IAC in the capacity building of trainers in the fields of Energy efficiency, low cost and sustainable housing, water systems and urban gardening.