- 11 media professionals trained on the link between media diversity and the 2005 Convention
- 20 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- Awareness raised on the transversal dimension of culture thanks to the wide participation of Ministries during consultation meeting
In recent years, Burkina Faso has seen a consolidation of its legislative support for the cultural sector as evinced by the National Policy for the Development of Culture (2009) and the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development 2011-2015. Most recently, the National Plan for Economic and Social Development 2016-2020 (PNDES) has highlighted the cultural industries as one of the strategic economic sectors having a potential for job creation and revenue generation.
Other government efforts have focused on the integration of arts and culture in the Burkinabe educational system, which has received support from UNESCO through EU-funded technical assistance missions with culture experts. In this regard, the Strategy for the Development of the Arts and Culture in the Burkina Faso Education System was adopted by the government in 2015. The creation of the CERAV (Regional Centre for living arts in Africa) as a UNESCO Category II Center for the implementation of the 2005 Convention is a pioneering effort of the government. Burkina Faso was also one of the 11 pilot countries to implement a UNESCO’s Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) project which helped to highlight the potential of the cultural sector for socio-economic development of the country.
Some challenges remain, however, with the absence of baseline statistical data or studies that allow for the elaboration of policies that address particular industries (e.g. film, music, performing arts). At the same time, the decentralization of the governance of culture is expected to bring about better local development. Against this backdrop, this capacity-building mission provides an important opportunity to determine strategic priorities for the future by gathering data and building indicators on the state of the affairs of the cultural sector.