Cambodia: Creating an environment where cultural industries can thrive

Key Results

The missions significantly contributed to the revision of the first draft of the national cultural policy document and its later adoption in December 2014. It also created conceptual frameworks for the development of cultural policies. 

The mission delivered solid policy recommendations for the government, encouraging:

  • inter-ministerial collaboration by raising awareness among all ministries about the developmental role of arts and culture in economic, social and political spheres
  • continuous professional development for government employees (administrators, managers and artists who are part of the system)
  • capacity building for public cultural institutions
  • raising awareness about necessary changes in educational system related to enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.

Please consult here a summary of the overall results of the missions and the future steps to be taken.

Context

In the area of culture, Cambodia has often given priority to the protection of cultural heritage and traditional forms of expressions, less so on the promotion of contemporary cultural and creative industries.

In 2011, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO held a workshop attended by cultural actors from government and civil society. The resulting document, entitled Cultural Policy for Cambodia – initial proposal, launched a process for the development of a sound national cultural policy.  

It is in this context and with a view to developing priority actions and strategies under the Cultural Policy, Cambodia requested technical assistance from UNESCO.

General Aim

The objective of this project was to assist Cambodian authorities in developing strategic and policy frameworks for the strengthening of the cultural and creative industries sector, leading in particular to the adoption of a National Cultural Policy.

The missions significantly contributed to the revision of the first draft of the national cultural policy document and its later adoption in December 2014. It also created conceptual frameworks for the development of cultural policies. 

The mission delivered solid policy recommendations for the government, encouraging:

  • inter-ministerial collaboration by raising awareness among all ministries about the developmental role of arts and culture in economic, social and political spheres
  • continuous professional development for government employees (administrators, managers and artists who are part of the system)
  • capacity building for public cultural institutions
  • raising awareness about necessary changes in educational system related to enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.

Please consult here a summary of the overall results of the missions and the future steps to be taken.