Niger: The cultural turn to development and poverty reduction

Key Results

A strategy on the overall role, position and training activities of APEIC was designed. This strategy was the result of a close cooperation between the experts and the national team, as well as of numerous exchanges with the different institutional, economic and professional stakeholders involved in the cultural industries. The strategy includes a mid-term vision and annual action plans (2013-2015) and aims to generate a strong support system for cultural industries in Niger.

The collaboration between national and UNESCO experts involved several ministerial departments, including the Trade department, which took into account the culture sector in the investment code and started implementing Niger showcasing programmes that include cultural products.

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

Context

Niger’s Accelerated Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy, features the role of cultural industries for growth and employment. The country, however, faces an acute need to professionalize various cultural actors. In this context, the Agency for the Promotion of Cultural Industries and Enterprises (APEIC) was established in 2010, in order to promote the cultural economy. With limited ties to entrepreneurs and economic operators, the APEIC sought the assistance of UNESCO.

General Aim

The aim of the mission was to assist the Agency for the promotion of cultural industries and enterprises (APEIC) in developing a training strategy, as well as a global strategy for cultural entrepreneurs in the areas of project design, management and fundraising. This led to the preparation of APEIC’s Intervention Strategy for the Structuring of Cultural Sectors in Niger and its Action Plans for 2013-2015.

A strategy on the overall role, position and training activities of APEIC was designed. This strategy was the result of a close cooperation between the experts and the national team, as well as of numerous exchanges with the different institutional, economic and professional stakeholders involved in the cultural industries. The strategy includes a mid-term vision and annual action plans (2013-2015) and aims to generate a strong support system for cultural industries in Niger.

The collaboration between national and UNESCO experts involved several ministerial departments, including the Trade department, which took into account the culture sector in the investment code and started implementing Niger showcasing programmes that include cultural products.

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

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Country: Niger

Experts: A. J. Francisco d'Almeida, Jordi Balta
Local Partner:
Mr Oumarou Moussa , General Director, Agency of the Promotion of Cultural Industries and Businesses