In 2011, in the context of a European Union funded project on “Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries”, an Expert Facility of 30 high level international experts from 24 countries in the fields of cultural policy, governance as well as cultural and creative industries was created. This Facility supported developing countries during the period 2012-2014, through technical assistance missions, in their efforts to reinforce their human and institutional capacities and strengthen systems of governance for culture
Following the call for expression of interest launched in February 2015, a renewed Expert Facility comprised of 43 international experts was created to support capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This expanded Facility is established for the 2015-2017 period.
The purpose of this open call was to renew and diversify the Facility, serving in particular to diversify geographical representation, gender balance and areas of expertise including: cultural statistics and indicators; trade; digitization; media diversity; status of the artist and freedom of artistic expression; preferential treatment and mobility.
The Expert Facility can be solicited, based on the needs and priorities identified by the governing bodies of the Convention as well as by developing countries, to deliver country-level assistance in different thematic areas of the Convention and through different modalities (workshops, advisory technical assistance, short and long-term capacity-building interventions, mentoring, coaching, etc.), depending on the availability of extra-budgetary resources. The experts are familiar with the UNESCO tools and training materials which they adapt to local contexts and use to deliver training and capacity-building services.