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Programmes for the implementation of the Convention aim at strengthening the capacities of Parties – particularly developing countries – to design policies, measures and programmes that have a direct impact on the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of a diversity of cultural expressions.  In the long term, the objective is to bring about positive transformations in the systems of governance that can benefit the cultural and creative sectors.

Through training and technical assistance, programmes aim at enhancing the competences of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to:

  • acquire and raise broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s principles and objectives.
  • benefit from mechanisms established by the Convention including international assistance and quadrennial periodic reporting.
  • design and implement policies and measures to foster the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors in developing countries.
  • acquire entrepreneurial and business competences, including new strategic management, marketing, financial and technology skills.



Africa is a strong supporter of the 2005 Convention, boasting a high ratification rate. Many countries in the region are already pursuing different initiatives aimed at translating the Convention’s articles and principles into national policies and programmes.

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity fosters partnerships between public, private and civil society actors in cultural industries in developing countries. This initiative is an operational project of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which reaffirms the importance of promoting innovative partnerships responding to the needs of developing countries.

Recent field activities

Programme: Policy Monitoring
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....
Country: Cuba
Programme: Policy Monitoring
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...
Country: Ethiopia
Programme: Policy Monitoring
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.  Such...
Country: Zimbabwe
Programme: Policy Monitoring
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 tandem...
Country: Viet Nam
Programme: Policy Monitoring
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...
Country: Indonesia