Policy Monitoring



  • Publish 2 Global Reports (2015, 2017)
  • Analyze 140 quadrennial periodic reports
  • Mobilize 43 international experts
  • Organize 36 workshops in 12 developing countries
  • Train 120 governmental and civil society actors

Capacity-building activities for policy monitoring serve to support evidence-based policy, also strengthening informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance. With such an improved knowledge, governmental and civil society actors can work together and better highlight policies and strategies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

Such activities are being implemented, in particular, within the framework of the project “Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions”.

This project is part of the Programme Cooperation Agreement signed for 2014-2017 with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The project’s overarching goal is to enhance human and institutional capabilities in developing countries in ways that enable them to improve their systems of governance for culture.  It aims at raising awareness of the Convention, monitoring policies and measures to promote the diversity of cultural expressions at the international level and providing support to Parties in their efforts to engage in evidence based, transparent and participatory policy making at the country level.

To achieve this goal, the project has two components:

Component 1: Capacity-Building
Assist 12 beneficiary countries (Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe) in elaborating their quadrennial periodic report and provide training activities on policy monitoring, data collection and indicator-building at the national level.
Component 2: Global Report
Produce on a biennial basis a Global Report on the implementation of the Convention, analyzing current trends and sharing good practices in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions, and paying particular attention to policies and measures that enhance fundamental freedoms.


Context:  Cuba is home to incredible artistic creativity. Over the past few decades, a remarkable range of Cuba’s cultural production has found international success, extending from the athletic ballet dancing of Carlos Acosta, to the songs of Silvio Rodriguez and the paintings of Wilfredo Lam...
Countries involved: Cuba


Context:  In recent years, the culture sector in Ethiopia has increasingly been seen as a central element for the country’s development, notably through the inclusion of culture within Ethiopia's second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II: 2015-2020). The country’s cultural industries...
Countries involved: Ethiopia


Context:  Over the past decade, Zimbabwe has seen important developments in the field of culture, namely through the creation of their Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and promotion of Culture and Heritage in 2015 and the adoption of their National Cultural Policy in 2016. ...
Countries involved: Zimbabwe

Viet Nam

Context:  Cultural and creative industries are experiencing a new era in Viet Nam. In 2014, Viet Nam developed its first “National Strategy for the Development of the Cultural Industries by 2020, with a vision to 2030”, recognizing the key role of culture to the country’s development. In...
Countries involved: Viet Nam


Context:  Indonesia has a very vibrant cultural scene with thriving fashion, film and visual arts sectors. Several major art events organized in the country include the Yogyakarta and Jakarta biennales as well as the Bandung Creative City Forum. According to national sources, the cultural and...
Countries involved: Indonesia

Burkina Faso

Context:  In recent years, Burkina Faso has seen a consolidation of its legislative support for the cultural sector as evinced by the National Policy for the Development of Culture (2009) and the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development 2011-2015. Most recently, the National...
Countries involved: Burkina Faso


Context:  Historically, within the cultural domain, Cambodia has often given priority to the protection of cultural heritage and traditional forms of expressions. Cambodia’s efforts have successfully resulted in inscribing Angkor and the Tempre of Preah Vihear  as the World Heritage Sites...
Countries involved: Cambodia


Context:  Culture has long been considered a vehicle for self-determination and development in Senegal. Such perspective can be traced back to the early days of independence with the first president of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor and his literary ideal of Négritude which paved a way for...
Countries involved: Senegal


Context:  Culture is becoming increasingly recognized as levers of economic and human development in Morocco, as evidenced in the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH, 2013) and most recently in the National Strategy of Sustainable Development (2016). Furthermore, Article 26 of...
Countries involved: Morocco


Context:  The Tunisian Constitution of 2014 has paved the way for new opportunities in the cultural sector. Amongst the fundamental rights recognized by the new Constitution, freedom of expression, information and publication as well as intellectual property, women’s rights and the right to...
Countries involved: Tunisia

In the framework of project “Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions” funded by the Swedish Internatio

Cuba’s world of music and audiovisual production is beginning to open up with concert performances  and documentary and feature film production growing, reinforcing the  need for cr

Building on partnerships to give artists a voice and promoting creative industries are at the heart of Cambodia’s national culture policy adopted in July 2014.

Viet Nam is in the process of drafting its Quadrennial Periodic Report on the implementation of the 2005 Convention to show challenges and progress in reinforcing the creation, production, distribu

This workshop was the second of  three capacity-building activities that UNESCO implemented in Indonesia with the funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

“The diversity of cultural expressions not only shows the identity of a nation, but also allows creative people to contribute towards their country by expressing themselves and sometimes they

Ecuador has a vibrant arts, music and audiovisual scene, which is growing from strength to strength and creative professionals have now turned their focus to building on these industries so that th

The 1st March 2016, Senegal, one of the first countries to ratify the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, in 2006, began its preparatory works

A “National Workshop on the Periodic Reporting of the UNESCO 2005 Convention” was organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and UNESCO Jak