Governance for Culture

the project at a glance

13 Countries, over 40 field missions, 26 experts involved, 4 years of implementation

Results and Impacts 

The UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project to Strengthen Systems of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries is a global project launched in 2010 with funding from the European Union, through its “Investing in people” thematic programme. Its aim is to support public authorities from developing countries in their efforts to design and strengthen their policies and strategies for culture, especially in the area of cultural and creative industries.

Following an international call for interest launched in 2010, a network of 30 leading cultural policy experts was constituted, representative of the fields covered by the 2005 Convention. This Expert Facility provides long-term technical assistance in the form of policy advice, skills training, knowledge sharing.

From 2010 to 2015, 13 countries benefited from the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility project, which resulted in the design and implementation of over 23 cultural policies. These included strategies, recommendations, action plans and legal documents for the promotion of the cultural and creative industries, both at national and local level. All beneficiary countries have ratified the 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The Expert Facility was expanded in March 2015 to include 43 experts - integrating new fields of expertise and ensuring a better geographical representation of experts.

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What is Technical Assistance?

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This comprehensive guide for technical assistance establishes a common methodology and approach for the implementation of the 2005 Convention in developing countries. It was elaborated by international experts participating in UNESCO’s Expert Facility during the implementation of the UNESCO/EU project.

Technical assistance consist of non-financial support provided by local or international specialists and includes activities such as sharing information and expertise, mentoring, skills training, transmission of working knowledge, and consulting services and may also involve the transfer of technical data.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harnessing the cultural industries' potential for development

Context In its Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy 2011–2015, the DRC expressed its willingness to create a national cultural policy. The country’s achievements include creating a collective society for the management of intellectual property rights, finalizing a national book policy and...
Countries involved: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Haiti: Cultural industry strategies for cultural reconstruction

Context Following the earthquake in 2010, the Government of Haiti has emphasized the role of culture in recovery processes and development strategies. . Despite political volatility, high crime and unemployment, the Government is determined to give an important role to the book industry in the...
Countries involved: Haiti

Honduras: Developing business models for the culture sector

Context With the adoption of the Country Vision 2010-2038 and the National Plan 2010-2022, Honduras has emphasized the potential of the creative industries for growth and employment. Working groups and platforms for culture have been established at all levels throughout the country. These include...
Countries involved: Honduras

Kenya: Training programme for musicians and visual artists

Context  The Government of Kenya has recognized the immense potential of the cultural industries, in particular music and visual arts, for growth, employment and development. In 2008, the National Policy on Culture and Heritage was created, followed by a national long term development policy...
Countries involved: Kenya

Malawi: Cultural policy implementation towards a vibrant culture sector

Context As per Malawi’s’ Development and Growth Strategy 2011-2016, Malawi has recognized the role of the cultural and creative industries as a motor for growth and employment. Following a series of consultations and reviews, a National Cultural Policy was elaborated in 2005. In 2011, a National...
Countries involved: Malawi

Mauritius: A strategy to strengthen the cultural industry sector

Context Since the late 1970’s, Mauritius’ has transitioned from a mono-crop sugar dominated economy to a diversified, service-oriented one, becoming a prosperous and democratic society in the process. Opportunities have emerged in the culture sector, recognized as a powerful source of social and...
Countries involved: Mauritius

Niger: The cultural turn to development and poverty reduction

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...
Countries involved: Niger

Seychelles: Establishing culture as a driving force for economic and social development

Context To develop its domestic cultural market, Seychelles elaborated a Culture Department Strategic Plan 2011-2015 which included a mapping study entitled ‘The General Overview of the Creative Industry in Seychelles’. This study emphasized some of the challenges faced by Seychelles, such as lack...
Countries involved: Seychelles

Viet Nam: Investing in cultural industries to bolster the economy

Context In recent years, Viet Nam has seen the rise of a national market for creative and cultural products. The country’s strong economy and global outlook, along with the ratification of the 2005 Convention, have raised awareness of opportunities for growth in the cultural sector. Workshops...
Countries involved: Viet Nam

Barbados: Strengthening entrepreneurship through policies and strategies

Context Barbados enjoys a vibrant cultural scene but faces challenges that hinder the cultural sector’s growth. The country recognizes that in order to take effective measures, there is a need to build stronger ties and engage with cultural businesses and entrepreneurs. With the aim of diversifying...
Countries involved: Barbados

On the occasion of European Development Days, to be celebrated in Brussels on 15-16 June 2016, UNESCO has released a new publication, “

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO and the European Commission organized on 5 June 2015, at the Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR, Brussels a seminar in two phases.

Have we succeeded in creating opportunities for a better governance of culture for development? Spotlight on the implementation of the 2005 Convention