Art has been used to communicate environmental concerns in Sahelian countries. Nevertheless, arts-led dialogue between policy actors and citizens is rare, despite its potential to find solutions to complex socio-environmental problems. Harnessing this potential is essential as challenges such as climate change accelerate. Factors that constrain dialogue include a strongly hierarchical and sectorally divided professional and social context. Artists and citizens also risk confrontation with authorities when they express controversial opinions. Not every situation is therefore appropriate for arts-led dialogue. Yet, when facilitated with humour and effective examples, it can create a relaxed space for intersectoral deliberation. Awareness of arts-led dialogue processes could be increased, along with more research on the contexts in which they are appropriate and how best to use them.
|Translated title of the contribution||The use of the arts for environmental dialogue in the Sahel|
|Media of output||online|
|Number of pages||4|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2022|