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Communication

20 ACCESS AND INTERNET USE: 12% (2012)

In 2012, only 12% of the national population used the Internet in Namibia. When compared to the regional average for all of Sub-Saharan Africa (48 countries), 12.56%, Namibia’s results are slightly below this regional average and fall in the middle of the results of its direct neighbors....

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20 ACCESS AND INTERNET USE: 12% (2012)

In 2012, only 12% of the national population used the Internet in Namibia. When compared to the regional average for all of Sub-Saharan Africa (48 countries), 12.56%, Namibia’s results are slightly below this regional average and fall in the middle of the results of its direct neighbors.

The 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture recalled that though “we may be concerned with our unique heritage, culture remains a dynamic phenomenon, and one which is more associated with social change. Arts and culture must therefore take new forms and use new media and technology, especially to attract and engage the young, so that we have a sense of our roots but are also engaged in contemporary expressions and ways of life.” Namibia’s National Development Plan 4 (2013-2017) also recognizes the importance of ICTs for economic growth.

Despite the recognition of the key role that access to digital technologies, in particular the Internet, plays in boosting the economy and encouraging new forms of access, creation, production, and the dissemination of ideas, information and cultural content, Namibia has a rather low result that may reflect the need to increase investments in the development of infrastructures, policies and measures that facilitate the use of new technologies. The country may also need to address issues such as pricing, bandwidth, skills, public facilities, content and applications targeting low-end users in order to bring more people online.

 

19 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: 68/100 (2012)

The Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, adopted in 1990, states that “all persons shall have the right to: freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media” (Article 21.1).

Namibia’s score of 68/100 indicates that their...

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19 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: 68/100 (2012)

The Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, adopted in 1990, states that “all persons shall have the right to: freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media” (Article 21.1).

Namibia’s score of 68/100 indicates that their print, broadcast, and internet-based media is currently ‘partly free’, falling just below the benchmark of ‘free’ media. This score illustrates the efforts made to support an enabling environment in Namibia for free media to operate and in which freedom of expression is respected and promoted. Such an environment is a condition for fostering the free flow of ideas, knowledge, information and content, for building knowledge societies, and enhancing creativity, innovation and cultural diversity.

However, room for improvement remains in the current legal environment of Namibia. Freedom of expression is curbed by the absence of legislation in regards to the access of public information and the Protection of Information Act of 1982. The Communications Act passed in 2009 was to improve the situation, but a number of clauses continue to fall short of international standards (African Media Barometer, 2011). Moreover, an additional subjective indicator reveals that, in 2008, 58% of Namibians agreed that they are free to say what they think. Therefore, as a whole, 32% of Namibians do not feel that they are free to fully exercise their freedom of expression, thus reinforcing the statement that improvements can still be made in order for individuals to be able to fully enjoy the freedom of expression.

Finally, while 62% of men agree that they are able to freely express themselves, only 53% of women feel that their freedom of expression is fully assured. Such results merit consideration when analyzing other dimensions, particularly regarding Gender Equality.

 

Fiction Namibia

21 DIVERSITY OF FICTIONAL CONTENT ON PUBLIC TELEVISION: 12.15% (2013)

In Namibia, approximately 12.15% of the broadcasting time for television fiction programmes on public free-to-air television is dedicated to domestic fiction programmes.

The 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture recognized the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation...

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21 DIVERSITY OF FICTIONAL CONTENT ON PUBLIC TELEVISION: 12.15% (2013)

In Namibia, approximately 12.15% of the broadcasting time for television fiction programmes on public free-to-air television is dedicated to domestic fiction programmes.

The 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture recognized the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) impact on citizens’ cultural and artistic life, and the role it plays in disseminating domestic arts and culture. Indeed, programming domestic production, and particularly fictions with a high share of cultural content, may increase the population’s level of information on national events and issues, while also helping to build or strengthen identities and promoting cultural diversity. Moreover, public broadcasting has major implications for the development of the domestic audio-visual industry, as well as for the flourishing of local cultural expressions and creative products.

However, the results indicate a rather low percentage of supply of domestic fiction production (including co-productions) within public broadcasting, indirectly reflecting low levels of public support of the dissemination of domestic content produced by local creators and cultural industries. In addition, it should be noted that the majority of domestic fiction programmes target a youth audience, while few adult content categories are supplied by domestic productions.

 An additional indicator on the diversity of creative content in public television programming, including both fiction and music programmes on public free-to-air television, reveals that when including musical productions made for television, the ratio of domestic creative content increases to 15.23%.

These result merits being taken into account when analyzing other indicators concerning cultural production, such as those of the Economy dimension, which also suggest low levels of domestic production compared to the levels of cultural content consumed by the public.

Gender-Equality

18 PERCEPTION OF GENDER EQUALITY (ADDITIONAL INDICATORS)

84% of married women in Namibia feel that they have a say in how their own cash earnings are spent, either individually or jointly with their husbands. This data from the Demographic and Health survey suggests that employment is a source of empowerment for Namibian women. Similarly...

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18 PERCEPTION OF GENDER EQUALITY (ADDITIONAL INDICATORS)

84% of married women in Namibia feel that they have a say in how their own cash earnings are spent, either individually or jointly with their husbands. This data from the Demographic and Health survey suggests that employment is a source of empowerment for Namibian women. Similarly, 78% of the population (men and women) felt that women have a role in household decision-making regarding areas such as major household purchases, purchases of daily needs and visits to her family.

 Room for improvement still remains. Perhaps the most surprising figure is that only 15% of men believe that it is acceptable for their wives to decide to visit their families on their own. Serious negative culturally based perceptions on gender equality and the role of women in the society persist in other key areas such as violence against women. Indeed, only 62% of the population believe that a husband is never justified in beating his wife; the other 38% of the population agrees that beating one’s wife can be justified for the following reasons: she burns the food, argues with him, goes out without telling him, neglects the children, or refuses to have sexual intercourse with him. An astoundingly low figure of 65% of women agree that being beaten can never be justified, while an even lower 60% of men agree with this statement. The most significant variation is across age groups, ranging from 56% of the population between the ages of 20-29 to 70% of the population ages 45-49 agreeing that domestic violence is never justified. This indicates that domestic violence is not only accepted by over one third of the population, but more widely accepted amongst the youth population.

In any context, violence against women is a key issue for gender equality, but in Namibia it is  also a key topic linked to a national health priority: the spread of HIV/AIDS. In this sense, Demographic and Health Surveys in Namibia reveal that only 74% of the population agreed that a woman has the right to refuse sexual intercourse, and again the youth population showed the lowest numbers. Only 70% of the youth ages 15-19 responded that women have this right. These figures reveal that “the revision of certain cultural practices, especially those that disadvantage women and children, is essential in addressing the spread of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence,” as stated in the 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture, and prioritized in the National Development Plan 4 (2013-2017).

>> This cross-analysis of the subjective and objective indicators reveals that a gap still remains in Namibia between the implementation of forward-looking public actions in advancing gender equality and the population’s attitudes and values in this area. Targeted cultural and educational measures are needed to instill ownership and understanding of how gender equality is beneficial for all. In this sense, the 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture stated that “while the valid things from the past must be preserved, there are practices in all of our cultures which must be changed, especially when these are in conflict with the rights enshrined in our Constitution or with internationally accepted ethics or the common good,” and recognized the significance of such cultural change in regards to ongoing gender issues.

 

17 GENDER EQUALITY OBJECTIVE OUTPUTS: 0.84/1 (2013)

The Constitution of the Republic of Namibia states that “No persons may be discriminated against on the grounds of sex…” (Art 10). The Constitution also states that “it shall be permissible to have regard to the fact that women in Namibia have traditionally...

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17 GENDER EQUALITY OBJECTIVE OUTPUTS: 0.84/1 (2013)

The Constitution of the Republic of Namibia states that “No persons may be discriminated against on the grounds of sex…” (Art 10). The Constitution also states that “it shall be permissible to have regard to the fact that women in Namibia have traditionally suffered special discrimination, and that they need to be encouraged and enabled to play a full, equal and effective role in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the nation” (Article 23(3)), and that the state should actively promote the “enactment of legislation to ensure equality of opportunity for women, to enable them to participate fully in all spheres of Namibian society” (Article 95 (a)). Such a priority for Gender Equality is reiterated in the National Development Plan 3 (2007-2012), and again in the National Gender Policy for 2010-2020 amongst other national policy documents.

The result of 0.84/1 reflects the significant efforts made by the Namibian government in order to elaborate and implement laws, policies and measures intended to support the ability of women and men to enjoy equal opportunities and rights.

A detailed analysis of the four areas covered by the indicator, reveals major gaps where additional investment is needed to improve gender equality basic outputs. A comparison of the average number of years of education for men and women aged 25 years and above reveals little divergence. Although this is a positive result, in that both genders have opportunities to gain the basic skills and knowledge, further research should be conducted to measure the gender equality rate for superior education where disparity may remain.  Progress still needs to be made regarding labour force participation; where 63% of men are either employed or actively searching for work, versus 52% of women. Additionally, the adoption and implementation of targeted gender equity legislation focused on violence against women and a quota system for political participation needs to be improved. Finally, the most significant gap is observed regarding the outcomes of political participation where a major imbalance persists. Indeed, while women benefit from much higher global representation at the local authorities level, in 2012, they represented only 24% of parliamentarians.  Moreover, both at the local and national levels of government, a very small minority of women hold positions of leadership such as Mayor, Deputy Minister or Minister. Nevertheless, “as a signatory to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, the Government has committed itself to achieving the target of 50% representation of women in decision-making positions by 2015” as stated in the National Gender Policy of 2010-2020. Effective efforts in this area will be necessary as “Women’s equal participation in decision-making is not only a demand for simple justice or democracy, but also ought to be seen as a necessary condition for women’s interests to be taken into account and for social and economic development,” as stated in Namibia’s 2nd Millennium Development Goals Report for 2008.

In Conclusion, while Namibia is doing well in terms of targeted objective outputs,  gender equality is far from being achieved. The 2008 MDG report highlights that “Policies supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment are by no means lacking. The problem is rather how to implement these policies, and to change perceptions about women and their roles in society.” Policies require people, and a further look into the additional subjective indicators below reveals the persistence of negative cultural values, attitudes and practices in Namibia, which reinforce the subordinate role of women and hamper their full and equal participation in all spheres of life.

Governance

9 POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.78/1 (2013)

The final result of 0.78/1 reflects that national authorities are progressing in the creation of a policy and institutional framework promoting the culture sector as part of development by establishing targeted policies and mechanisms and by having an adequate political and...

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9 POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.78/1 (2013)

The final result of 0.78/1 reflects that national authorities are progressing in the creation of a policy and institutional framework promoting the culture sector as part of development by establishing targeted policies and mechanisms and by having an adequate political and administrative system to implement the legal instruments seen above. Indeed, though not quite there, Namibian results are progressing in the direction of achieving a result consistent with the average of test phase countries of the CDIS for this indicator, which is 0.79/1.

The Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture has the mandate for the overall formulation, implementation and management of cultural activities. The ministry’s efforts are reinforced by cultural institutions, such as the National Theatre of Namibia, the National Arts Council and the National Heritage Council, intended to promote specific cultural sectors.

Namibia scored 0.82/1 for the Policy Framework sub-indicator, indicating that there are many well-defined sectoral policies to promote the culture sector in the country.  Namibia also has a general cultural policy, the 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture, which guides the ministry and its affiliated institutions’ actions. However, there is for instance no sectoral policy for music. In addition, culture has not been included in poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs) or previous United Nation Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF), and although culture was integrated in the former National Development Plan 3 (2007-2012), it no longer appears in National Development Plan 4 (2013-2017).

Namibia scored 0.75/1 for the Institutional Framework sub-indicator, which assesses the operationalization of institutional mechanisms and the degree of cultural decentralization. Many positive factors account for such a result. Even though Namibia has a Ministry that covers the programmatic area of culture, cultural responsibilities have been decentralized to the regional level. A system of public subsidies exists for the sector, and public officials have been offered training in the sector within the last year. The remaining areas for improvement account for the imperfect score. Although, responsibilities have been decentralized to the regions, no specialized structures for culture are in place at the regional or local levels, and the budget remains centrally controlled by the government. Instead of decentralizing the budget, when planning events, the central government works closely together with the culture officers of the regional councils of all 13 regions of Namibia.

 

10 DISTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURES: 0.33/1 (2013)

One of Namibia’s 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture goals clearly sets as an objective that Namibians take part in cultural and creative activities and different art forms to share their different understandings of life, release their creative potential and contribute to...

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10 DISTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURES: 0.33/1 (2013)

One of Namibia’s 2001 Policy on Arts and Culture goals clearly sets as an objective that Namibians take part in cultural and creative activities and different art forms to share their different understandings of life, release their creative potential and contribute to economic development. However, the distribution of cultural infrastructure in Namibia, which would facilitate such participation, paints a picture of important challenges to be faced.

On a scale from 0 to 1, Namibia’s result for this indicator is 0.33, 1 representing the situation in which selected cultural infrastructures are equally distributed amongst regions according to the relative size of their population. The score of 0.33 thus reflects that across the 13 regions of Namibia, there is an unequal distribution of cultural facilities.

When looking at the figures for the three different categories of infrastructures, Namibia scores 0.49/1 for Museums, 0.03/1 for Exhibition Venues Dedicated to the Performing Arts and 0.47/1 for Libraries and Media Resource Centers. This suggests that the most equal distribution of access exists for Museums and Libraries, and that the most unequal distribution of infrastructures exists for Exhibition Venues Dedicated to the Performing Arts, the Khomas region being the only region of 13 to have such facilities.  While the Khomas region, the region of the capital city of Windhoek, benefits from a higher concentration of cultural infrastructures, other regions such as Omaheke, Kavango, Omusati and Oshana have no Exhibition Venues, and a rather low coverage for Museums and Libraries and Media Resource Centres. Building cultural infrastructures and increasing equality of access across all 13 regions could increase Namibians’ opportunities to take part in cultural and creative activities, release their creative potential and participate in economic development through the production and consumption of cultural goods and services, as stated in the 2001 Policy. This is a crucial and common challenge among all the countries that have implemented the CDIS until now, as the average score for this indicator is only 0.43/1.

 

11 CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION IN CULTURAL GOVERNANCE: 0.25/1 (2013)

The final result of 0.25/1 indicates that there are few opportunities for dialogue and representation of civil society actors in regards to the formulation and implementation of cultural policies, measures and programmes that concern them. While Namibia received a score...

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11 CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION IN CULTURAL GOVERNANCE: 0.25/1 (2013)

The final result of 0.25/1 indicates that there are few opportunities for dialogue and representation of civil society actors in regards to the formulation and implementation of cultural policies, measures and programmes that concern them. While Namibia received a score of 0.5/1 for the participation of minorities, a score of 0/1 was established for the participation of cultural professionals.

Regarding the participation of minorities, mechanisms exist at the national level to facilitate their participation in the formulation and implementation of cultural policies, measures and programmes that concern them. Furthermore, these mechanisms are permanent in nature and their decisions are binding. For example, the Division San Development is a national programme established by Cabinet decision No. 25th/29.11.05/001 and No. 9th/28.05.09/005. As part of the program, minorities are recognized as stakeholders and are to be involved in any decision that may affect them, including those of a direct or transversal cultural nature. However, at the regional and local levels no such institutional mechanisms or organic structures provide a framework for regular minority participation.

In Namibia, there are currently no associations, platforms, networks or other mechanisms in place to regularly involve cultural professionals in processes related to the formulation and implementation of cultural policies, measures and programmes that concern them. Such mechanisms would greatly assist in creating and enacting necessary and effective policies that correspond to the needs of the culture sector community. The absence of such mechanisms is a significant weakness in Namibia’s cultural governance and an obstacle for fostering a vibrant culture sector that realizes its full potential.

The adoption of legislation on non-profit cultural bodies, such as cultural foundations and associations, which are currently inexistent as highlighted by the indicators of this Dimension, could be a first step to foster the structuring of a professional culture sector.

Heritage

22 HERITAGE SUSTAINABILITY: 0.61/1 (2013)

Namibia’s result of 0.61/1 is an intermediate result regarding the establishment of a multidimensional framework for the protection, safeguarding and promotion of heritage sustainability. The degree of commitment and action taken by Namibian authorities is mixed and varies according to...

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22 HERITAGE SUSTAINABILITY: 0.61/1 (2013)

Namibia’s result of 0.61/1 is an intermediate result regarding the establishment of a multidimensional framework for the protection, safeguarding and promotion of heritage sustainability. The degree of commitment and action taken by Namibian authorities is mixed and varies according to the component of the framework. While many public efforts are dedicated to raising-awareness and community involvement, persisting gaps regarding national and international level registrations and inscriptions, as well as mechanisms for stimulating support amongst the private sector, call for additional actions to improve the framework.

The National Heritage Council (NHC) is a statutory organization responsible for the protection of Namibia’s natural and cultural heritage, intended to reinforce the work of the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture in matters regarding heritage. The NHC was established under the National Heritage Act, No. 27 of 2004, replacing the former National Monuments Council. In addition to the work of the NHC, the National Museum of Namibia maintains extensive collections of objects related to Namibian natural history, cultures, history, and archaeology, as well as actively pursues research to improve the content and understanding of its collections.

Namibia scored 0.54/1 for registration and inscriptions, indicating that while efforts have resulted in sub-national and national registration and inscription of Namibian sites and elements of tangible and intangible heritage, increased focus should be placed on updating national registries. Namibia has 129 heritage sites on their national registry, 2 of which have already received the recognition of being World Heritage, Twyfelfontein (2007) and the Namib Sand Sea (2012). In addition, thirteen elements of intangible heritage have already been documented in nine of Namibia’s regions. Such recent efforts suggest that Namibia’s catalogues of natural and cultural heritage are in the process of improving, as demonstrated by the recent efforts to achieve recognition of a second world heritage site, as well as actions to raise awareness and involve communities in the documentation of intangible cultural heritage. However, no database of stolen cultural objects yet exists and increased efforts could be made to update national registries and eventually achieve a higher degree of international recognition of Namibian heritage.

Namibia scored 0.61/1 for the protection, safeguarding and management of heritage, indicating that there are several well-defined policies and measures, as well as efforts to build capacity and involve communities. The NHC actively involves local communities in the process of identifying tangible and intangible heritage, and traditional authorities are consulted in order to respect customary practices when promoting intangible heritage. However, notable gaps in the framework can still be identified. While the National Heritage Act of 2004 protects cultural and natural heritage, intangible heritage was only included following the recent review process in 2011. Other exclusions include the existence of a specialized police unit for illicit trafficking of cultural objects and the publication of regularly updated management plans for major heritage sites. Concerning training and capacity building, while the training efforts against illicit trafficking are to be applauded as the country has yet to ratify the 1970 UNESCO Convention, gaps persist concerning concrete mechanisms to combat against illicit trafficking and building communities’ capacities in the safeguarding of intangible heritage.

Namibia scored 0.66/1 for the transmission and mobilization of support, which reflects the recent efforts taken to raise awareness of heritage’s value and its threats amongst the population and youth, as well as efforts to involve the civil society and the private sector. In addition to signage at heritage sites and differential pricing, awareness-raising measures include the Know Namibia programme in schools and Heritage Week, which is promoted nationally through public broadcasting as well as festivals. The NHC has also launched a website in April of 2012 to facilitate public awareness, with the support of the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund. While many means are used to educate the public, limited efforts are put into place to gain the support of the civil society and private sector. Additional efforts to form private foundations to assist in the protection of heritage and explicit agreements with tour operators are two means to be further explored.

Social-Participation

14 TOLERANCE OF OTHER CULTURES (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR): 71.1% (2001)

In 2001, 71% of Namibians agreed that they can usually accept people from different cultures. In that same year, the Policy on Arts and Culture stated that the post-apartheid and post-independence vision of Namibia is to be a “united and flourishing nation,...

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14 TOLERANCE OF OTHER CULTURES (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR): 71.1% (2001)

In 2001, 71% of Namibians agreed that they can usually accept people from different cultures. In that same year, the Policy on Arts and Culture stated that the post-apartheid and post-independence vision of Namibia is to be a “united and flourishing nation, achieving sincere reconciliation through mutual respect and understanding, solidarity, stability, peace, equality, tolerance and social inclusion.” The 2001 Policy also recalled that “before independence people were divided and the majority discriminated against on the basis of race and culture,” whereas the “founders of …[the] new nation wisely saw in …[their] diversity of cultures a source of wealth through which we could unite in a common commitment to build the nation.” This objective for mutual understanding and tolerance of all cultures was reiterated in the National Development Plan 3 (2007-2012).

Within this context, the results of 71% for this alternative indicator suggests that the values, attitudes and convictions of more than two thirds of Namibians favor the acceptance of other cultures in the post-apartheid era. In addition, in the same survey, 74% of Namibians agreed that beyond accepting other cultures, they agree that exposure to other cultures enriches their own lives. This result further suggests a cultural system of values is in place that thrives on diversity, fosters tolerance, and encourages an interest in new or different traditions, thus creating a social environment favorable to development.

However, in spite of these positive results pointing to high levels of acceptance and tolerance of other cultures, another question from the same survey showed that this tolerance and acceptance does not translate into trust of other cultures. Only 37% of Namibians responded that it is easy to trust a person from a different culture, and though Namibia’s result is higher than the Southern African regional average (24.5%), this figure still indicates that there is a gap between tolerance and acceptance and trust of other cultures, thwarting an ideal context for social progress and development. Less than half of the Namibians that showed an interest in other cultures and demonstrated tolerance toward others, answered that it was easy to trust a person from another culture.

 

15 INTERPERSONAL TRUST: 12% (2008/2009)

In 2008/2009, 12% of Namibians agreed that most people can be trusted. Within the context described above, this indicator further assesses the level of trust and sense of solidarity and cooperation in Namibia, providing insight into its social capital. A result of 12% indicates a low level of...

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15 INTERPERSONAL TRUST: 12% (2008/2009)

In 2008/2009, 12% of Namibians agreed that most people can be trusted. Within the context described above, this indicator further assesses the level of trust and sense of solidarity and cooperation in Namibia, providing insight into its social capital. A result of 12% indicates a low level of trust and solidarity as the average of the countries having implemented the CDIS is situated at 19.2%. Furthermore, though all groups of the population show low levels of trust, there are significant variations in the results for men and women and across age groups. Only 10% of women agree that most people can be trusted compared to 15% of men, and the results for different age groups vary from 11% of the people ages 30-49 to 20% of the people 65+, suggesting an increasing trend with age. Regardless, all of these figures remain rather low, and when combined with the alternative indicator presented above, these figures suggest that there remains an obstruction to fostering trust in the fabric of Namibia’s society in spite of the basis for tolerance being in place shortly after independence. This indicates that building on culture’s potential to further reinforce the feelings of mutual cooperation and solidarity amongst Namibians, and as a consequence, nurture social capital, deserves to be considered as a priority in modern Namibia through the development of targeted measures and programmes.  

The conflicting results between tolerance and trust for this dimension suggest that much work still remains in this area and it is recommended to not only reintegrate social priorities in national development plans, but also to integrate relevant cultural and social questions into regular national surveys in order to establish consistent statistics and monitor progress throughout the implementation of the National Development Plan 4 (2013-2017).

Peru

Communication

20 ACCESS AND INTERNET USE: 38.2% (2012) In 2012, 38.2% of the population of 5 years or more of Peru had access and used Internet. These results show that Peru has still a long way to go to guarantee access to the entire population. Men have better results than women (41.6% versus 34.6%) and obviously in urban areas, access to Internet is...
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20 ACCESS AND INTERNET USE: 38.2% (2012)
 
In 2012, 38.2% of the population of 5 years or more of Peru had access and used Internet. These results show that Peru has still a long way to go to guarantee access to the entire population. Men have better results than women (41.6% versus 34.6%) and obviously in urban areas, access to Internet is much higher than in rural areas (47.3% versus 10.4%). Regarding age, the group that accessed Internet the most had between 19 and 24 years, followed closely by the age group of 12-18 and far beyond the age group of 60 and older. People with university education are those who accessed Internet the most; whereas those who accessed very little  only had primary education.
 
The evolution of Internet access in recent years is promising since an increase of 30% of the access in the last 10 years has been recorded. Promoting access and use of new technologies can play a significant role in promoting creativity and cultural diversity, offering access to new and broader cultural contents and sources of inspiration, as well as collaborative platforms.
 
Additional data regarding the use of Internet shows that in 2012 the highest percentage (92.7%) was focused on the “research of information”, followed by "communicating through e-mails and chats". Regarding the evolution between 2007 and 2012, the highest growth occurs in the entertainment use (download music, watch movies, play video games, etc.), from 35.8% to 67.1%.
 
It is important to highlight the exiting major inequalities regarding basic infrastructure and communication networks, especially for Internet and phone lines, between cities and rural areas, largely due to a sharp and very diverse geography. Policies in favour of telecommunications infrastructures should be developed to bridge these gaps, focusing on the right to access information and knowledge.

 

19 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: 57/100 (2012) Peru's score of 57/100 indicates that its print, broadcast, and internet-based media is currently ‘partly free’, falling just below the benchmark of ‘free’ media. If we take a closer look at the measurements made we see that the legal context is more encouraging than the...
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19 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: 57/100 (2012)
 
Peru's score of 57/100 indicates that its print, broadcast, and internet-based media is currently ‘partly free’, falling just below the benchmark of ‘free’ media.
 
If we take a closer look at the measurements made we see that the legal context is more encouraging than the economic or political context of freedom of expression. The legal context in which Peru has obtained a better score, refers to the constitutional and legal guarantees regarding freedom of expression and at the same time the capacity of government institutions to refer to regulations that restrict the access and dissemination of information.
 
The economic context, in which Peru obtains the lowest score refers to the concentrated ownership of the media, the costs and possibilities of creating new media, state subsidies to the media, the impact of the economic situation of a country directly in its media, among others. Recently a debate highlighted that among the high concentration of media, transparency was also at risk. The political context registers a slightly lower result than the legal context and refers to the control of political authorities on the media, expressed by the pressure on freedom in newsrooms, access to the information and its sources, official censorship and self-censorship, the diversity of information available, for journalists to be free to gather information and cover national news without harassment, and therefore not receiving attacks, physical or verbal violence.
 
Although Peru is not in a extreme negative situation regarding freedom of expression, it is extremely important to balance the ownership of the media in various socio-economic sectors of the country, for the population to be able to listen to other voices and other opinions and allowing the creation of a media channel without relying on the economic capacity of the stakeholders.
 
An additional indicator shows that only 19.3% of the Peruvian population in 2011 agreed that freedom of expression was fully guaranteed and implemented. 10.2% of the population agreed that freedom of expression was not guaranteed at all, and 40% felt it was "Fairly guaranteed". This additional subjective indicator provides additional information on freedom of expression by assessing the perception that people have of their right to exercise that freedom at all times. The high percentage of the population that still feel that this freedom is not guaranteed deserve more research and analysis to explain this contradiction and suggests room for improvements. Comparing this with freedom of expression, in which Peru presents itself as a partly free country, we see that the reality goes hand in hand with the perception, therefore work is needed for both aspects to improve.

Economy

2 CULTURAL EMPLOYMENT: 3.33% (2007) In 2007, 3.3% of the employed population of Peru had cultural occupations, of which 62% were women and 38% men. 90% occupied jobs in core occupations while 10% did so in support occupations. Occupations that most contributed to the cultural national employment were Furriers, sewers, embroiderers and related...
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2 CULTURAL EMPLOYMENT: 3.33% (2007)
 
In 2007, 3.3% of the employed population of Peru had cultural occupations, of which 62% were women and 38% men. 90% occupied jobs in core occupations while 10% did so in support occupations. Occupations that most contributed to the cultural national employment were Furriers, sewers, embroiderers and related workers" (29.5%), "Weavers" (31.7%) and "Leather treatment workers"(4.8%). 
 
Though this result already emphasizes culture’s important role as an employer in the country, the global contribution of the culture sector to employment is underestimated by this indicator due to the difficulty of obtaining and correlating all the relevant data. This figure does not cover cultural occupations performed in non-cultural establishments or induced occupations with a strong link to culture. 
 
Though this result already emphasizes culture’s important role as an employer in the country, the global contribution of the culture sector to employment is underestimated by this indicator due to the difficulty of obtaining and correlating all the relevant data. This figure does not cover cultural occupations performed in non-cultural establishments or induced occupations with a strong link to culture. In addition, this figure likely does not cover all informal employment in the culture sector due to the reluctance of some participants to convey such occupations during official surveys.
 
However, an additional indicator illustrates that in 2007, 4.36% of total employment of Peru corresponded to employment in cultural institutions regardless of whether the occupation were cultural or not, highlighting the importance of cultural activities as a provider of employment, this data reinforces the validity of the core indicator. It is important to note that the activities selected for this calculation were the same ones used to determine the private and formal activities’ contribution to GDP. If we consider their strengthening and promotion through public policies, cultural economic activities could provide more opportunities for sustainable employment to more Peruvians nationwide.

 

 

1 CONTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TO GDP: 1.58% (2007) In 2007, private and formal cultural activities, excluding government-related activities, contributed 1.58% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Peru, in 2007. 26% of this contribution came from central activities central and 74% from support activities. The contribution of 1.58% is...
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1 CONTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TO GDP: 1.58% (2007)
 
In 2007, private and formal cultural activities, excluding government-related activities, contributed 1.58% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Peru, in 2007. 26% of this contribution came from central activities central and 74% from support activities. The contribution of 1.58% is significant when compared referentially with other important industries, such as the wood and furniture industry (0.9%), fisheries and aquaculture production (0.7%) or electricity, gas and water production (1.7%).
 
Although this result is significant, indicating a dynamic cultural sector, the contribution of culture to GDP is underestimated by this indicator since it only considers private and formal cultural activities, excluding the contribution of the activities carried out by the government. Cultural activities in the informal sector and cultural activities offered by public agencies and non-profit institutions, which are important components of the cultural production in Peru are not included in this calculation. For example the contribution of important heritage sites such as Machu Picchu, managed by a public entity, are not included in this result. If such contributions would be included in the calculation, the result of this indicator would be much higher. 
 

If we look at the contribution of culture to GDP by economic activity, we see that the greatest contribution of culture is performed by “printing services” (66.9%), while the second cultural activity with the largest share corresponds to “newspapers, magazines and periodicals” (13%). Printing services have improved their productivity thanks to new machinery and new technologies. This data could suggest that the country is currently going through a process of strengthening and acquiring equipment needed for the production of the culture sector.

 

3 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES ON CULTURE: 1.56% (2007)  This indicator refers to household expenditures; the percentage of household final consumption expenditure in cultural activities, goods and services, set against all of their consumption expenditure. In 2007, this indicator reached 1.56% situating the household expenditure on culture...
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3 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES ON CULTURE: 1.56% (2007) 
 
This indicator refers to household expenditures; the percentage of household final consumption expenditure in cultural activities, goods and services, set against all of their consumption expenditure. In 2007, this indicator reached 1.56% situating the household expenditure on culture after food, housing, telecommunications and health.
 
58% of the total expenditure was spent on central cultural goods and services and 42% on support or equipment goods and services. This means that Peruvian families spend more on consumption of goods and services of pure cultural content (such as books, tickets to theatres and theatrical performances, etc.) than in equipment or support goods and services that enable the production and distribution of cultural goods and services (e.g., computers and information processing, music equipment, etc.).
 
This result highlights a significant demand for cultural goods.  We can notice differences in the expenditures between rural and urban areas and by different quintiles, explained by an increase in expenses on cultural goods corresponding to an increase in the purchasing power. Indeed, 96% of the expenditure was carried out by households in urban areas and 57% by households in the wealthiest quintile. This data should be taken into account when analysing existing policies and mechanisms to allow everyone, regardless of income level, to participate in cultural activities and consumption of cultural goods and services.
The result of 1.56% of household expenditures on culture, is only an estimation of the real household expenditure since the National Household Survey does not use the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP) as recommended in the CDIS methodology. In order to calculate the indicator a correspondence table was created, but not all cultural good were able to be included due to a limited disaggregation of the coding system available in Peru. 
>> These economy indicators show that there is a significant demand for consumption of goods, services and cultural activities, and that culture is a significant provider of employment opportunities. A cross-analysis with CDIS indicators of the Communication and Governance dimensions show that the potential for production and national cultural expenditures could be more important if public policies would have an emphasis to prioritize support for local cultural industries and distribution of cultural infrastructure.

Education

5 MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION: 33.3% (2013) Peru recognizes the nation’s multilingualism in Article 48 of its constitution, which defines that according to the law "official languages are Spanish and other languages such as Quechua, Aymara and other aboriginal languages, where these predominate". According to the National...
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5 MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION: 33.3% (2013)
 
Peru recognizes the nation’s multilingualism in Article 48 of its constitution, which defines that according to the law "official languages are Spanish and other languages such as Quechua, Aymara and other aboriginal languages, where these predominate".
 
According to the National Curriculum of Basic Education of 2008, 66.6% of the hours dedicated to languages in the first two years of secondary education are devoted to teaching Spanish. 33.3% of the time is spent teaching other languages, which in Peru entirely corresponds to the teaching of international languages and 0% of the time is dedicated to native languages. Although there are isolated cases of linguistic education of these native languages, there is no requirement in the national educational curriculum for teaching the 47 local languages considered official.

 

6 ARTS EDUCATION: 5.7% (2012) In 2012, 5.7% of total instructional hours in the first two years of secondary school were dedicated to arts education. This result is above the average result of the countries that have implemented the CDIS (4.84%), reflecting the recent commitment by the authorities to increase opportunities of access to the...
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6 ARTS EDUCATION: 5.7% (2012)
 
In 2012, 5.7% of total instructional hours in the first two years of secondary school were dedicated to arts education. This result is above the average result of the countries that have implemented the CDIS (4.84%), reflecting the recent commitment by the authorities to increase opportunities of access to the arts and culture. Art education is a mean by which individuals can be oriented to value and appreciate cultural diversity, develop their creativity and acquire skills that contribute to the dynamics of development.
 
This result of 5.7% for arts education corresponds to two hours a week of arts education, out of a total of 35h included in a school week according to the national curriculum (grade 7 and 8). Formally, these hours are designed to encourage the practice of arts such as dance, theatre, music and visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, modelling and carving), however, in practice, it is impossible to determine the degree of compliance with these instructional hours, the number of arts teachers with artistic training assigned to these hours, or the level of appropriation of the arts as an expression of freedom, individual empowerment, identity recognition and engine of creativity.

 

7  PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN THE CULTURE SECTOR: 0.7/1 (2013) The purpose of this indicator is to show the extent to which the national public education system and the "private government-dependent" system is sufficiently complete regarding the training of culture professionals (both technical and professional, tertiary or...
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7  PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN THE CULTURE SECTOR: 0.7/1 (2013)
 
The purpose of this indicator is to show the extent to which the national public education system and the "private government-dependent" system is sufficiently complete regarding the training of culture professionals (both technical and professional, tertiary or higher) in various cultural areas. This indicator reveals the level of investment by public authorities to enhance the emergence of a "creative, dynamic and competitive class”.
 
The result of Peru of 0.70/1 indicates that the national authorities have and are willing to invest in the training of professionals in certain fields of culture. However, the coverage of technical and vocational training in public and government-dependent private institutions requires major efforts. A minimum training courses exist for citizens who want to carry out technical, technological and professional education in the field of culture, but these to not cover the real needs in accordance with the wealth of the cultural heritage of Peru, for example, or in the film industry, a sector that lakes completely of training opportunities, despite the widespread Film practice in the country. 
 
We register gaps in tertiary education in cultural management, a key element for the sustainable development of cultural enterprises and sustainable management of heritage sites in Peru, these urgencies should be reflected in intersectoral policies for the professionalization of the sector.

 

4 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: 0.97/1 (2007) The result of 0.97/1 reflects the efforts of public actions towards ensuring a fundamental cultural right to education to the entire population. This result means that, on average, the target of 17 to 22 years old population spend 10.1 years at school, higher than the targeted average of 10 years of...
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4 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: 0.97/1 (2007)
 
The result of 0.97/1 reflects the efforts of public actions towards ensuring a fundamental cultural right to education to the entire population. This result means that, on average, the target of 17 to 22 years old population spend 10.1 years at school, higher than the targeted average of 10 years of schooling. Moreover, a minority of 2.7% is still living in education deprivation, meaning that they have fewer than 4 years of schooling. This result shows the efforts made by public authorities to ensure that citizens enjoy the right to education, culture, and participate in the construction and transmission of values, attitudes and cultural skills throughout the school, thus increasing personal and social potential through learning.
 
However, and this is a recurring theme, while access to education is guaranteed to most of the Peruvian population, additional indicators should be constructed to measure the quality of this education, highly criticized by much of the population as a structural problem.

Gender-Equality

17 GENDER EQUALITY OBJECTIVE OUTPUTS: 0.82/1 (2014) In 1995 Peru ratifies the Beijing declaration and platform for action, agreeing to eradicate all forms of gender discrimination. The government body responsible for proposing and implementing social development policies in favour of women was created the following year. Since then, this...
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17 GENDER EQUALITY OBJECTIVE OUTPUTS: 0.82/1 (2014)
 
In 1995 Peru ratifies the Beijing declaration and platform for action, agreeing to eradicate all forms of gender discrimination. The government body responsible for proposing and implementing social development policies in favour of women was created the following year.
 
Since then, this framework has generated instruments, plans and laws in favour of gender equality, among which is included the National Plan for Gender Equality and the National Plan to Fight Violence Against Women. The result of 0.82/1 in this context reflects a promising degree of gender equality and public efforts to develop and effectively implement laws, policies and measures to support the equal enjoyment of rights and opportunities of women and men. The result of Peru shows that the government's actions are superior to those of other countries that have implemented the CDIS to date, since the average result for this indicator is of 0.64/1. Although this result is indicative of genuine progress, a detailed analysis of the four areas covered by the indicator reveals persistent shortcomings that require additional investment to further improve the results of gender equality.
 
For the population of "25 years old and over" the average years of education for both men and women is of 9.9 years. If we look at the gender gap, women enrolled fewer years of education (8.7) compared to men (9.9) with a difference of 1.2 years of education. The most important gaps can be seen in relation to the labour force and political participation. Progress in employment is still expected as 55.80% of men are employed or actively seeking work, compared to 44.20% of women. Additional data on the gender gap in salaries should be carried out to complement this result.  More significant differences are observed in the results of political participation where a great imbalance persists since in 2012, only 22% of Congress members were women. 
 
Peruvian legislation on gender equality is focused on violence against women and gender quotas in electoral processes; the result of 0.75/1 shows that efforts have been made to obtain legislation on "rape" or "domestic violence" but there are still some bare areas such as in the case of "sexual harassment", understood as " chasing someone in the street without giving truce or rest, urging her with discomfort or importuning "where there is no specific legislation in Peru.
 
In conclusion, despite the policies in favour of gender equality that are being developed and implemented in Peru, there are still major disparities to attend. These policies require and must be supported by civil society as discussed in the following indicator.

 

18 PERCEPTION OF GENDER EQUALITY: 77% (2012)  In 2012, 77.02% of Peruvians positively perceived gender equality as a development factor. This result was obtained with the responses to the questions of three key areas (employment, political participation and education). The final result is a composite indicator, which reveals that over...
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18 PERCEPTION OF GENDER EQUALITY: 77% (2012) 
 
In 2012, 77.02% of Peruvians positively perceived gender equality as a development factor. This result was obtained with the responses to the questions of three key areas (employment, political participation and education). The final result is a composite indicator, which reveals that over two thirds of the population of Peru see gender equality as an important factor for development. Perceptions of individuals on gender equality are strongly influenced by cultural norms and practices, and the high results of Peru reveal a social commitment to gender equality.
 
However, the perception of gender equality varies according to the domain of the question asked. The most favourable perceptions were recorded with regard to education, correlated with objective results. When asked if "university is more important for a man than for a woman," an overwhelming majority of 85.5% of the population said no, suggesting that education is an area in which gender equality is already strongly perceived as positive for development. When asked if "Men make better political leaders than women," a majority, slightly lower than the previous, 80.2% of respondents disagreed, and when asked "When jobs are scarce, men should have more right to a job than women", 65.5% of respondents disagreed. This means that approximately 35% of the population still believes that men have priority with regard to employment. While all the figures are relatively high and do not correspond to the current gaps in matters of employment and politics, the most surprising figure refers to the highly positive perception of the role of women in political participation which contrasts with the low current representation of women in Congress.
 
>> A cross analysis of both subjective and objective indicators reveals inconsistencies in terms of positive attitudes and values of the population with respect to gender equality and its translation into tangible results, particularly in the areas of labour and political participation. Therefore, these results show the need to reinforce measures and public investment to ensure transcription of the values and effective results for men and women in areas such as politics and employment opportunities.

Governance

8 STANDARD-SETTING FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.78/1 (2014) The result of Peru of 0.78/1 indicates a reasonable standard setting framework for culture and that the country has made many efforts to ratify key international legal instruments affecting cultural development, cultural rights and cultural diversity, as well as to establish a national...
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8 STANDARD-SETTING FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.78/1 (2014)
 
The result of Peru of 0.78/1 indicates a reasonable standard setting framework for culture and that the country has made many efforts to ratify key international legal instruments affecting cultural development, cultural rights and cultural diversity, as well as to establish a national framework to recognize and implement these obligations. 
 
Peru scored 0.96/1 at the international level, highlighting the priority that is given to culture and the high level of commitment to international standards for cultural development, cultural rights and cultural diversity. Peru has ratified all recommended conventions, declarations and recommendations, with the exception of two. Moreover, the clear interest of the Peruvian state may be due to the need for instruments to improve the management of national heritage sites, to maintain a positive and responsible international image regarding their heritage and the complex work due to the variety and quantity of cultural property that the country has.
 
 
On a national level a score of 0.68/1 indicates that public efforts have been made to integrate many of the international obligations that Peru has accepted in national law, a vital step for the active implementation of these obligations. However, there is room for improvement as several key policy elements are still missing in national legislation and regulatory frameworks. Peru's current Constitution includes several important elements that ensure cultural rights and respect for cultural diversity. At this point, significant progress has been made. Regarding regulations and laws, the Peruvian government has responded to a number of cultural sectors, with specific laws, such as for publishing, radio and television, crafts, tourism (and its links with culture), artist and performing artist, film and cultural heritage. However, there are other areas of culture that do not have a specialized law. Nor has built a framework of action for culture. In that sense, in Peru it is still debated whether it is more convenient to have a General Law of Culture as a framework for all cultural activities or more specific laws, such as the current situation in the country. Opting for the latter involves ensuring that all areas of culture would be protected and covered by law. 
 
Another important point to consider is the challenge to which is confronted the Peruvian government to create laws for cultural industries (a new sector to be considered by public policy), currently only one law exist linked to promote financing though incentives. Different levels of interest and expertise are reflected between cultural heritage (an area of special interest to Peru) covered by law, and sectors linked to more contemporary creativity.

 

9 POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.50/1 (2014) The final result of 0.50/1 shows that the country is halfway, meaning it has yet to strengthen its institutional framework for culture. It also shows that there have been some efforts made by national authorities to establish policies and mechanisms to promote the sector and...
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9 POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURE: 0.50/1 (2014)
 
The final result of 0.50/1 shows that the country is halfway, meaning it has yet to strengthen its institutional framework for culture. It also shows that there have been some efforts made by national authorities to establish policies and mechanisms to promote the sector and fulfil the obligations and priorities found in national legislation, also it reveals some measures focused on the sectorial policy framework and administrative system. Peru's results are below the average of the countries that have implemented the CDIS in the test phases (0.79/1).
 
Peru scored 0.64/1 for the sub-indicator of the Policy Framework of culture, indicating that a number of cultural and sectorial policies and strategies have been put in place, however, one of the challenges to meet in the country is to develop a national plan of cultural action to provide guidelines, strategies and priority actions. In relation to a public budget for culture, Peru has a  budget allocated to the governing body of culture, the Ministry of Culture, and other budgets are allocated separately for cultural activities to various government agencies at a regional and   local level. This hinders the accurate calculation of state investment in cultural activity considering also the uncertainty around the field of culture or infrastructure considered "cultural" by municipalities, regional governments and even other government agencies.
 
Regarding policies designed to facilitate access of minorities to culture, the Peruvian government has prepared a Plan of Implementation for Prior Consultation, a policy that has been designed for Indigenous, Andeans and Afro-Peruvians to participate in major decision-making regarding projects and investments that have to do with the exploitation of their cultural and natural resources and therefore, with the development of their communities. This public policy also considers the promotion and protection of cultural diversity.
 
Regarding sectorial public policies, national plans exist to promote national cinema, radio and television, books, but no guidelines exist for music, performing arts, visual arts, and cultural development and creativity, or plans considered in the promotion of the arts and cultural industries in the public area. With regard to cultural heritage, despite the Peruvian state's interest in the sector, it is true that there is no intersectoral national plan of cultural heritage management, although there are policy instruments designed from the governing body and the financial-administrative units.
 
Peru has a lower result for the sub-indicator of the institutional framework with a score of 0.42/1, which assesses the operationalization of institutional mechanisms and the degree of cultural decentralization.
 
The Peruvian government has a Ministry of Culture since 2010 and therefore has a say in the Council of Ministers. In Congress, there’s a Committee for Culture and Heritage, in which the bills of the sector are discussed. At the regional level, (24 regions plus the Constitutional Province of Callao) Decentralized Cultural Department exists under rules of the Ministry of Culture. What needs strengthening in Peru are the municipal cultural actions (at provincial and district level) and in the regional governments. Only few of them actually carry out projects or cultural programmes and very few are those who have established councils for culture and high-level management for municipal cultural administration. This could be due to poor understanding of the means of a public policy on culture and the benefits it could bring. 
 
It is also important to mention the need for the creation of a technical management area and information analysis for sectorial knowledge key for the institutional strengthening. There is also the need to create platforms or bodies for the promotion of cultural areas through public or mixed funds. Similarly, there are still no public financing systems such as insolvency funds or microcredit loans. We also note a lack of official training programs for culture professionals in public organisations.

 

10 DISTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURES: 0.46/1 (2013) The final result of Peru is 0.46/1, 1 representing the situation in which selected cultural infrastructures are equally distributed amongst regions according to the relative size of their population. The score of 0.46/1 thus reflects that across the 25 regions of Peru, there is an...
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10 DISTRIBUTION OF CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURES: 0.46/1 (2013)
 
The final result of Peru is 0.46/1, 1 representing the situation in which selected cultural infrastructures are equally distributed amongst regions according to the relative size of their population. The score of 0.46/1 thus reflects that across the 25 regions of Peru, there is an unequal distribution of cultural infrastructures.
 
Taking a closer look at the three different categories of infrastructure are analysed, Peru scores 0.28/1 for Exhibition venues dedicated to the performing arts, 0.53/1 for Museums and 0.58/1 for Libraries. This suggests a more uneven distribution of exhibition venues. On the number of museums in relation to the number of people living in each region, there are only seven regions with equitable distribution. The vast majority are below the optimal line, presenting the case of a region that has no museum.
 
In relation to the exhibition venues dedicated to the performing arts, the situation is more worrying; only 4 regions have equitable distribution. In this case, there are 8 regions with no venues for the performing arts. Regarding libraries and media centres, there are 11 regions with equitable distribution; however, at this point it is necessary to highlight the urgency and necessity to deepen through a study on the activities and content available in these infrastructures.
 
Increasing equal access in 25 regions could increase opportunities for Peruvians to participate in cultural activities, promote the development of cultural and creative industries for domestic consumption and enjoyment, and provide an enabling environment for culture professionals  and businesses to create, produce, promote and distribute their work. This is a crucial and common challenge among the countries that have implemented the CDIS, since the average score for this indicator is 0.43/1.

Social-Participation

12 PARTICIPATION TO GOING-OUT CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 18.1% (2010) (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR)

 In 2010, 18.1% of Peru's population polled in the National Time Use Survey (INEI), reported having participated at least once in a going-out cultural activity in the last week. Going-out cultural activities include visits to cultural venues,...
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12 PARTICIPATION TO GOING-OUT CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 18.1% (2010) (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR)

 
In 2010, 18.1% of Peru's population polled in the National Time Use Survey (INEI), reported having participated at least once in a going-out cultural activity in the last week. Going-out cultural activities include visits to cultural venues, such as cinemas, theatres, concerts, music festivals, galleries, museums, libraries, historical and archaeological monuments and museums. Such activities require people actively choosing to attend a particular cultural activity, thus provides insight into the degree of cultural vitality and appreciation of culture. These activities also involve physical locations where meetings between audience and artists are produced as well as between the audience itself, thus giving us a degree of social interaction and connectivity. A result of 18.1% shows a relatively low level of participation in going-out activities in general.
 
It must be noted that this alternative indicator is underestimated as the survey used only considers taking part in an activity during the previous week, which is a very limited period of time. According to the CDIS methodology, the reference period should be over the previous 12 months as most Use of time survey use this period of time.  
If we break down the overall result we see that women register a higher participation (19.5%) than men (16.8%). Though urban areas (19.7%) vs. rural (12.9%) still hold a highly significant difference of 6.8 points, the gaps between age groups is half that value, but the gap gets bigger again when confronted with the educational level of the attendants. Indeed, regarding age groups the highest average attendance if for the segment 30-49 years old (19.3%), followed by 15-29 (17.5%) and finally 50 and more (17.4%). The behaviour could be explained by the intermediate segment having a greater purchasing power and can also act as the supporter of the other two. If we look at the figures by level of education the gap is triggered, the largest share is covered by the university-level segment (26%), followed by non-university higher education (23.9%) and initial education (21.5%), then comes secondary school (17.1%), primary (14.8%) and no education (9.7%). It is noteworthy that the initial education segment is characterized by a high consumption compared to other segments, which is significant in terms of cultural policy.
 
To further stimulate the participation of the Peruvian population it is necessary to develop policies in favour of increasing access to such cultural activities, these figures deserve a cross-analysis with indicators of the dimensions of Education and Governance. The indicator on Distribution of Cultural Infrastructures from the Governance dimension reveals that there is still a high concentration of infrastructure in large cities, suggesting that increasing equitable access to services can further improve levels of participation in cultural going-activities, increasing social connectivity and consumption of cultural goods and services in all socioeconomic groups.

 

13 PARTICIPATION IN IDENTITY BUILDING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 14% (2010) (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR)

 In 2010, 14% of the population polled over 12 year’s old, participated in at least one identity-building cultural activity during the last week. Participation in identity-building cultural activities includes participating in amateur...
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13 PARTICIPATION IN IDENTITY BUILDING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 14% (2010) (ALTERNATIVE INDICATOR)

 
In 2010, 14% of the population polled over 12 year’s old, participated in at least one identity-building cultural activity during the last week. Participation in identity-building cultural activities includes participating in amateur cultural practices, popular culture, ethnic culture, and community events and youth culture. To calculate this indicator, activities of the previous week were included such as birthdays, celebrations, christenings, weddings and funerals. Identity-building activities are often the centre of social connectivity and intangible cultural heritage of a society or group. A score of 14% shows a relatively low degree of participation in identity-building cultural activities. However, the result of this indicator is probably an underestimate due to the calculations based on the previous week only and not the previous year as recommended by the CDIS methodology.
 
Similar to the participation in going-out cultural activities, the results vary in response to the fact that participation levels are slightly higher for women 14.8% than men 13.1%. The gap between urban (15.0%) and rural areas (10.5%) remains similar to the previous indicator, the same as the difference between age groups, where 30-49 years old segment (15.5%) is higher than the 15-29 segment (13.2%) or 50 and older (12.7%). However, unlike going-out cultural activities, there is less difference regarding levels of education.

 

14 TOLERANCE OF OTHER CULTURES: 89.3% (2012) In 2012, 89.3% of Peruvians agreed that they can usually accept people from different cultures. This indicator seeks to measure the degree of openness to diversity and tolerance of a given society. It is a composite result of respondents’ replies regarding neighbours falling under 3...
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14 TOLERANCE OF OTHER CULTURES: 89.3% (2012)
 
In 2012, 89.3% of Peruvians agreed that they can usually accept people from different cultures. This indicator seeks to measure the degree of openness to diversity and tolerance of a given society. It is a composite result of respondents’ replies regarding neighbours falling under 3 categories: people of a different race, immigrants/foreign workers, and people of a different religion.
 
Women have a greater (90.2%) degree of openness to other cultures, compared to men (88.5%). When looking at the age difference, we note that the 18-29 segment are the most tolerant to other cultures having reached an average of 91.4%, followed by the segment 30-49 with 89.6% and finally the segment 50 or older, where the average value is 86.3%; meaning that with age people become less tolerant and younger populations are more willing to engage with other cultures.
 
These results could be interpreted as reflecting a cultural context and existing value system that thrives on diversity, promotes tolerance and encourages interest in new or different traditions, thus creating a social environment enabler of development. However, despite the overwhelming majority of the population expressing basic tolerance towards these populations, there are still challenges to mitigate existing discrimination and exclusion, and to ensure that the potential added value of cultural, symbolic, economic and social attributes of these groups are actively incorporated the development processes.

 

15 INTERPERSONAL TRUST: 18% (20011)  In 2011, 18% of Peruvians agreed that most people can be trusted. This indicator seeks to assess the level of confidence linked to the sense of solidarity and cooperation, providing information on the existing social capital in Peru. A result of 18% indicates a low level of trust and solidarity, since...
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15 INTERPERSONAL TRUST: 18% (20011) 
 
In 2011, 18% of Peruvians agreed that most people can be trusted. This indicator seeks to assess the level of confidence linked to the sense of solidarity and cooperation, providing information on the existing social capital in Peru. A result of 18% indicates a low level of trust and solidarity, since this means less than a fifth of the population responded favourably. Minor variations can be noted in the figures throughout the disaggregation by gender and sex. 19% of men vs. 16% of women agreed that most people can be trusted. The variation between age groups ranges from 17% of people between 16 and 25 years old to 15% for those from 26 to 40, 19% for 41-60 years old and 24% for people 61 or older. These results indicate that, although recent government efforts have successfully established a baseline for tolerance, additional efforts are needed to improve the potential of cultural participation to reinforce feelings of mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation, as well as build confidence among the people in Peru. 
 
Peru’s results are below the average of all the countries that have implemented the CDIS so far, which stands at 19.2%. Stimulate interpersonal trust is a common obstacle between all participating countries.

 

16 SELF DETERMINATION: 7.1/10 (2012)  The result of this indicator for Peru is 7.1/10, 10 representing the situation in which individuals believe that there is ‘a great deal of freedom of choice and control’ and 1 being ‘no freedom of choice and control.’ The result of 7.1/10 indicates that the majority of...
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16 SELF DETERMINATION: 7.1/10 (2012) 
 
The result of this indicator for Peru is 7.1/10, 10 representing the situation in which individuals believe that there is ‘a great deal of freedom of choice and control’ and 1 being ‘no freedom of choice and control.’ The result of 7.1/10 indicates that the majority of Peruvians feel they have a relatively high degree of control over their lives and have the freedom to live the life they choose, according to their own values and beliefs. This indicator evaluates the sense of empowerment that enables people to decide and guide their own development. While the median response of the population is 7.1/10, small variations were noted in terms of age difference.
 
These results show a fairly high level of self-determination in general, above the average of the countries that have implemented the CDIS to date, reaching 6.7/10. This indicates that for the majority of citizens, Peru provides the necessary enabling political, economic, social and cultural context for individual well-being and life satisfaction and builds common values, norms and beliefs which succeed in empowering them to live the life they wish.

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