- Partnership and networking strengthened between public institutions and civil society
- 21 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting in a collaborative approach
- Increased willingness to share good policy practices and measures with international counterparts through UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report
- Inclusive representation of ministries incorporated within national team
- Implementation is ongoing in 2017
Rwanda is a country on the move. In recent years, it has achieved remarkable development and has one of the highest GDP growth rates in Africa. According to the World Bank, between 2001 and 2015, Rwanda recorded an average GDP growth rate of 8%. Drawing upon its ambitious development plans such as the “Rwanda Vision 2020” and “Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II (2013-2018), Rwanda is aiming to transform itself into a middle-income country and transition from agrarian economy to an information-rich, knowledge-based one by 2020.
As part of its developments plans, the country also aims to build the capacities of cultural and creative industry actors in order to strengthen this industry as a strategic sector contributing to economic growth, job creation and revenue generation. In February 2015, the country adopted its “National Culture Heritage Policy”. Strategic Objective 4 of this Policy aims to “Operationalize the existing or develop new legal instruments and facilitate full exploitation of the economic potential in the creative arts”. In line with the Policy, Rwanda has already undertaken cultural mapping, and it is currently finalizing a “Strategic Plan for the development of Creative Industry”.
Against this backdrop, this capacity-building action provides a timely opportunity to enhance Rwanda’s development plans in the cultural and creative industries by creating policy dialogue between the government across key ministries such as Education, Communication as well as Youth and ICT and civil society and further map the challenges that exist in the cultural sector.