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This e-book analyzes the cultural background region within the heart East and North Africa quarter and the realm Bank's coverage and operational reports during this zone during the last six years―1996 to 2001. It additionally presents an outline and an research of the event of the center East and North Africa area in helping patrimony upkeep and descriptions its method and thoughts for destiny actions during this sector. This quantity deals operational feedback for addressing a few of the cultural, fiscal, institutional and fiscal difficulties of integrating patrimony administration inside improvement frameworks.

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But they are not, because investment resources are scarce, and responsible economic analysis is indispensable. Willingly or unwillingly, in everyday practice the survival of cultural assets is deeply influenced by economic criteria. Opportunity cost considerations, for instance, regularly intervene in decisionmaking by public administrators on whether to approve or decline one or another preservation investment (see Fey 1997; Throsby 1997). Therefore, it 41 42 Cultural Heritage and Development is indeed necessary to improve economic methodologies and the overall economic rationale of support for the CH domain.

This economic rationale is discussed in the next chapter. 39 Egypt: Tall and slender minarets, old and new, dominate the Cairo skyline CHAPTER 3 Economic Benefits and Poverty Reduction Through CH Preservation This chapter addresses the economic aspects of CH support interventions. Sound development policy requires that investment decisions and economic assistance to CH rely on robust economic analysis, and the Bank approach promotes and requires such analysis. Patrimony assets already play a role in the overall economy of the MENA region.

Heritage preservation is more than glorifying physical objects; it entails acquiring meanings about history and identity. Collectivities lose their grasp on their communal and cultural traditions at their own peril. Cultural heritage is the collective memory of nations. Without it, there can be no answer to the perennial questions human groups ask about themselves: Who were we? Who are we? Who are we going to become? Contemporary trends toward globalization only make the cultural answers to these questions more important to each nation.

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