The Power of Art: Art’s Role in an International Development Context

Jacoba Niepoort

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis explores potential social, political, economic and environmental benefits of the arts in an international development context. Firstly, it pinpoints the current discourse and policy on the role of the arts in development aid, and combines this with interdisciplinary literature on arts impact, providing an overview of the ‘powers’ of the arts. Secondly, using Freire’s Critical Pedagogy theory and case studies from socially engaged visual artists in Indonesia, this thesis makes a case for how visual participatory art can be—and is being used—for development goals in the Global South.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 jul. 2016
VejledereOle Bruun


  • empowerment
  • critical pedagogy
  • Arts and development
  • cultural development
  • Indonesia
  • visual participatory arts