Programmes for the implementation of the Convention aim at strengthening the capacities of Parties – particularly developing countries – to design policies, measures and programmes that have a direct impact on the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of a diversity of cultural expressions.  In the long term, the objective is to bring about positive transformations in the systems of governance that can benefit the cultural and creative sectors.

Through training and technical assistance, programmes aim at enhancing the competences of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to:

  • acquire and raise broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s principles and objectives.
  • benefit from mechanisms established by the Convention including international assistance and quadrennial periodic reporting.
  • design and implement policies and measures to foster the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors in developing countries.
  • acquire entrepreneurial and business competences, including new strategic management, marketing, financial and technology skills.



Capacity-building activities for policy monitoring serve to support evidence-based policy, also strengthening informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance. With such an improved knowledge, governmental and civil society actors can work together and better highlight policies and strategies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

This UNESCO expert facility project is funded by the European Union and contributes to the implementation of the 2005 Convention. It aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countries and reinforce the role of culture as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction.


Recent field activities

Programme: Policy Monitoring
Cuba is a home to incredible artistic creativity. Thanks to the government’s decades of investment in the culture sector, Cuba’s cultural and creative industries have a huge potential for its economic and human development. Two Cuban NGOs have received funding from the International Fund for...
Country: Cuba
Programme: Policy Monitoring
The culture sector in Ethiopia is increasingly seen as a potential growth sector for the country, as evidenced in the inclusion of culture as a driving force for development within Ethiopia's second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II: 2015-2020). Its cultural industries are expected...
Country: Ethiopia
Programme: Policy Monitoring
Civil society for arts and culture in Zimbabwe is strong. Four Zimbabwean NGOs have received funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) since 2010. These IFCD-funded projects include: Measuring the economic contribution of Zimbabwe’s cultural industries (2011); Management and...
Country: Zimbabwe
Programme: Policy Monitoring
Viet Nam’s “National Strategy for the development of cultural industries in Viet Nam by 2020, with a vision to 2030” is a promise that Viet Nam has created for itself. With the 2012-2014 UNESCO’s technical assistance (funded by the European Union), the country is now equipped with a strategy and...
Country: Viet Nam
Programme: Policy Monitoring
Indonesia created in 2015 an Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF). This represents the government’s commitment to uphold creative industries as a driver for the country’s way forward. The Agency assists 16 creative economy sub-sectors, such as: film, video and animation; photography; music;...
Country: Indonesia