Theme:
Policy Design, Expert Facility, Cultural Industries Support, Contributing to the SDGs
Type of project:
Capacity Development
Countries:
Local Partner(s):
  • Ministry of Sports, Leisure, Culture and Handicrafts
    Type of organization: 
    Public authority
Related activity:
Start date
Jul 2019
End date
Jul 2022

Context/Overview

Gabon is spearheading Central Africa’s move towards formal creative economy through the implementation of a cultural roadmap adopted by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in 2018. The roadmap calls member states to resume efforts to strengthen their cultural and creative industries (CCIs) through creating appropriate policies in a participatory manner. While Gabon has taken a number of initiatives to harness opportunities offered by CCIs, the country is yet to finalize its cultural policy to provide a concrete vision for the future.

During this project, Gabon will revisit and revise its 2011 draft cultural policy to incorporate additional measures that reflect current trends in the sector. The policy will also integrate measures aimed at stimulating job creation, entrepreneurship, growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, and empowerment of women and girls in CCIs.

The project responds to the following needs identified by the Ministry of Sports, Leisure, Culture and Handicrafts:

  • Adapt regulatory and institutional frameworks to the needs of CCIs
  • Formulate gender-transformative measures that also promote the development of CCIs in a digital environment
  • Address the predominant informality of CCIs
  • Strengthen the capacities of CCI stakeholders

Revision of the country’s main cultural policy axes to better support CCIs

In 2011, Gabon initiated efforts to create a cultural policy to boost its creative sector; the project supports the revision and finalization of the draft texts in a participatory manner with the aim of adopting it into law.

Integration of measures to stimulate job creation, professionalization and formalization

The 2011 draft cultural policy did not provide sufficient attention to the economic dimension of CCIs. Consultations with stakeholders are expected to produce measures that stimulate job creation, entrepreneurship, the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises and the formalization of CCI activities.

Elaboration of gender-transformative measures to support empowerment of women and girls as artists and producers

The project supports designing gender-specific measures to encourage the participation of women and girls in CCIs, in line with Gabon’s strategy for women adopted in 2015 and Women’s Decade.

Project Implementation

  • March 2020: First international expert mission and project launch.
  • August 2020 to January 2021: Series of consultations per subsector in several provinces resulting in a comprehensive overview and recommendations by the sector on what challenges they are facing, such as the lack of creative spaces and the need for training.
  • May 2021: Peer-to-Peer mission to Burkina Faso by a selected delegation, including the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Arts.
  • February 2022: Three-day capacity-building workshop to present a first draft of the suggested regulatory framework and its action plan.
  • July 2022: Presentation of the finalized Action Plan

Creating a new regulatory framework for CCIs in Gabon

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Activity Type: 
Countries: 
Gabon
Local Partner: 
Ministry of Sports, Leisure, Culture and Handicrafts
Type of organization: 
Public authority
Date: 
2019 to 2022
Context/Overview: 

Gabon is spearheading Central Africa’s move towards formal creative economy through the implementation of a cultural roadmap adopted by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in 2018. The roadmap calls member states to resume efforts to strengthen their cultural and creative industries (CCIs) through creating appropriate policies in a participatory manner. While Gabon has taken a number of initiatives to harness opportunities offered by CCIs, the country is yet to finalize its cultural policy to provide a concrete vision for the future.

During this project, Gabon will revisit and revise its 2011 draft cultural policy to incorporate additional measures that reflect current trends in the sector. The policy will also integrate measures aimed at stimulating job creation, entrepreneurship, growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, and empowerment of women and girls in CCIs.

The project responds to the following needs identified by the Ministry of Sports, Leisure, Culture and Handicrafts:

  • Adapt regulatory and institutional frameworks to the needs of CCIs
  • Formulate gender-transformative measures that also promote the development of CCIs in a digital environment
  • Address the predominant informality of CCIs
  • Strengthen the capacities of CCI stakeholders
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Title of the section: 
Revision of the country’s main cultural policy axes to better support CCIs
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In 2011, Gabon initiated efforts to create a cultural policy to boost its creative sector; the project supports the revision and finalization of the draft texts in a participatory manner with the aim of adopting it into law.

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Integration of measures to stimulate job creation, professionalization and formalization
Short Description: 

The 2011 draft cultural policy did not provide sufficient attention to the economic dimension of CCIs. Consultations with stakeholders are expected to produce measures that stimulate job creation, entrepreneurship, the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises and the formalization of CCI activities.

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Elaboration of gender-transformative measures to support empowerment of women and girls as artists and producers
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The project supports designing gender-specific measures to encourage the participation of women and girls in CCIs, in line with Gabon’s strategy for women adopted in 2015 and Women’s Decade.

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Project Implementation
Short Description: 
  • March 2020: First international expert mission and project launch.
  • August 2020 to January 2021: Series of consultations per subsector in several provinces resulting in a comprehensive overview and recommendations by the sector on what challenges they are facing, such as the lack of creative spaces and the need for training.
  • May 2021: Peer-to-Peer mission to Burkina Faso by a selected delegation, including the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Arts.
  • February 2022: Three-day capacity-building workshop to present a first draft of the suggested regulatory framework and its action plan.
  • July 2022: Presentation of the finalized Action Plan
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Donors: 
European Union
Related activity: 
Supporting new regulatory frameworks to strengthen the cultural and creative industries and promote South-South cooperation