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.

To learn more about the Expert Facility: click here

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.

Barbados: Strengthening entrepreneurship through policies and strategies

The aim of the mission was to assist Barbados in identifying critical challenges for a future cultural industries policy and develop a series of comprehensive policy and strategic recommendations in order to make cultural industries one of the cornerstones of the Barbadian economy.
Countries involved: Barbados

Argentina: Creating a viable audio-visual content sector for children

Following the new legislation adopted in 2010 by the Government of Argentina on domestic contents for children and youth, the aim of the project was to assist in transforming the City of Buenos Aires into a global hub for the production of independent Spanish-language audiovisual content for the...
Countries involved: Argentina

Burkina Faso: Making art and culture education a reality

The aim of the project was to assist the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Burkina Faso in valorizing arts and culture in the educational system and integrating cultural and artistic modules into the national education curriculum, thus paving the way for the preparation and adoption of a new...
Countries involved: Burkina Faso

Cambodia: Creating an environment where cultural industries can thrive

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.
Countries involved: Cambodia

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

The aim of the project was to assist the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) in its efforts to support the role of cultural and creative industries in development, leading to the adoption of a Declaration on Cultural Policy.
Countries involved: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Haiti: Cultural industry strategies for cultural reconstruction

This technical assistance mission supported the Ministry of Culture and Communication through consultations and evaluations in its efforts to prepare a policy strategy for the book industry. Another aim was to work with the Haitian Office of Copyright to revise legal frameworks for the protection...
Countries involved: Haiti

Honduras: Developing business models for the culture sector

This technical assistance mission accompanied the Government in its efforts to develop a strategic model for the promotion of cultural industries, with a focus on funding models for initiatives and enterprises operating in the cultural sectors, and foster capacity-building initiatives.
Countries involved: Honduras

Kenya: Training programme for musicians and visual artists

This technical assistance mission aimed at developing a training program on cultural policies and help musicians and visual artists acquire the necessary skills to develop marketing strategies. The goal was to reinforce the sustainability and competitiveness of Kenyan cultural industries and their...
Countries involved: Kenya

Malawi: Cultural policy implementation towards a vibrant culture sector

Considering that the National Cultural Policy was drafted prior to Malawi’s ratification of the 2005 Convention, the aim of the mission was to assist the Government in revisiting its national Cultural Policy framework and revising it in light of the Convention’s objectives principles. One of the...
Countries involved: Malawi

Mauritius: A strategy to strengthen the cultural industry sector

The aim of this mission was to assist the Government of Mauritius in developing a cultural industry strategy and actions plans to nurture artistic creation and cultural entrepreneurship, leading to the adoption in 2014 of the Creative Mauritius-Vision 2025 White paper.More broadly, the general aim...
Countries involved: Mauritius

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

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