Theme:
Policy Design, Expert Facility, Cultural Industries Support, Contributing to the SDGs
Type of project:
Capacity Development
Countries:
Local Partner(s):
  • Ministry of Culture of Panama
    Type of organization: 
    Public authority
Related activity:
Start date
Apr 2020
End date
Jul 2022

Context/Overview

In 2019, Panama took a leap into a new era for its culture sector by transforming the National Institute for Culture into a ministry dedicated to culture. The creation of this new Ministry represents the government’s commitment to ensuring the cultural rights of the people of Panama in order to reduce inequality in the country. The next step is to create strong institutional and programmatic frameworks to enable the Government to harness the potential of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.

The project assists Panama in designing measures to develop a consultation body  within the Ministry of Culture that  would be responsible for culture programmes and regulating funding to be made available under “Create in Panama 2030”, a strategic national programme for creative economy for sustainable development. It will also support Panama in conceptualizing a participatory and transparent system of governance for culture.  

The project responds to the following needs and challenges identified by the Ministry of Culture:

  • The multiplicity and dispersion of actors involved in policy-making which complicates the panorama for governance and the definition of priorities;
  • The lack of connection among creative sectors due to a lack of common frame and capacity building;  
  • The lack of public-private sector coordination mechanisms;
  • The need for a mechanism to streamline activities of various entities to foster collaboration and support networks in the CCIs.

Adopting a strategic programme for the creative economy

The project supports the Panamanian government to take steps to adopt a national programme for creative economy and sustainable development, “Create in Panama 2030”, as urged by a National Council composed of the main stakeholders of Panama’s CCIs. The objective of this strategic programme is to facilitate the definition of priorities and foster collaboration and support networks in the CCIs.

Establishing a programmatic and regulatory body for the creative economy

This project also accompanies the Panamanian government to develop a programmatic and regulatory body within the Ministry of Culture to spearhead the implementation of “Create in Panama 2030”. This body will be responsible for developing culture programmes and regulating funding to be made available under the “Create in Panama 2030” programme. Through this project, Panama also wishes to conceptualize a participatory, transparent and evidence-based system of governance for culture.

Project Implementation

  • May 2020: Launch of the project
  • May to July 2020: Diagnostic phase, with a specific focus on the impact of the COVID crisis on the cultural sector.
  • July to October 2020: Capacity building through different workshops on cultural policy and the creative economy, and Law on Culture
  • May 2021: Two-day Peer-to-Peer exchange with Chile on the Creative Economy, the set-up within the Ministry and the COVID-19 crisis. The second day was open to the public and was attended by the Minister of Culture, the ADG of Culture of UNESCO, and the EU Ambassador in Panama
  • End of 2021: Creation of the strategic architecture of the governance system for culture is proposed, as well as recommendations to strengthen the National Directorate of Creative Economy.

 

Follow-up activities in 2022: 

  • Capacity building on the governance system of “CREA in Panama 2030,” as well as the reinforcement of a gender transformative component under the “CREA in Panama 2030” through a study on women cultural workers in Panama.
 

Results

In the final document, the creation of the strategic architecture of the governance system for culture is proposed, as well as recommendations to strengthen the National Directorate of Creative Economy through the articulation of the relation and tasks of the Ministry of Culture and the other institutions, such as the Interamerican Development Bank.

Designing measures to establish a participatory and transparent system of governance for culture in Panama

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Activity Type: 
Countries: 
Panama
Local Partner: 
Ministry of Culture of Panama
Type of organization: 
Public authority
Date: 
2020 to 2022
Context/Overview: 

In 2019, Panama took a leap into a new era for its culture sector by transforming the National Institute for Culture into a ministry dedicated to culture. The creation of this new Ministry represents the government’s commitment to ensuring the cultural rights of the people of Panama in order to reduce inequality in the country. The next step is to create strong institutional and programmatic frameworks to enable the Government to harness the potential of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.

The project assists Panama in designing measures to develop a consultation body  within the Ministry of Culture that  would be responsible for culture programmes and regulating funding to be made available under “Create in Panama 2030”, a strategic national programme for creative economy for sustainable development. It will also support Panama in conceptualizing a participatory and transparent system of governance for culture.  

The project responds to the following needs and challenges identified by the Ministry of Culture:

  • The multiplicity and dispersion of actors involved in policy-making which complicates the panorama for governance and the definition of priorities;
  • The lack of connection among creative sectors due to a lack of common frame and capacity building;  
  • The lack of public-private sector coordination mechanisms;
  • The need for a mechanism to streamline activities of various entities to foster collaboration and support networks in the CCIs.
Results: 
In the final document, the creation of the strategic architecture of the governance system for culture is proposed, as well as recommendations to strengthen the National Directorate of Creative Economy through the articulation of the relation and tasks of the Ministry of Culture and the other institutions, such as the Interamerican Development Bank.
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Adopting a strategic programme for the creative economy
Short Description: 

The project supports the Panamanian government to take steps to adopt a national programme for creative economy and sustainable development, “Create in Panama 2030”, as urged by a National Council composed of the main stakeholders of Panama’s CCIs. The objective of this strategic programme is to facilitate the definition of priorities and foster collaboration and support networks in the CCIs.

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Establishing a programmatic and regulatory body for the creative economy
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This project also accompanies the Panamanian government to develop a programmatic and regulatory body within the Ministry of Culture to spearhead the implementation of “Create in Panama 2030”. This body will be responsible for developing culture programmes and regulating funding to be made available under the “Create in Panama 2030” programme. Through this project, Panama also wishes to conceptualize a participatory, transparent and evidence-based system of governance for culture.

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Project Implementation
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  • May 2020: Launch of the project
  • May to July 2020: Diagnostic phase, with a specific focus on the impact of the COVID crisis on the cultural sector.
  • July to October 2020: Capacity building through different workshops on cultural policy and the creative economy, and Law on Culture
  • May 2021: Two-day Peer-to-Peer exchange with Chile on the Creative Economy, the set-up within the Ministry and the COVID-19 crisis. The second day was open to the public and was attended by the Minister of Culture, the ADG of Culture of UNESCO, and the EU Ambassador in Panama
  • End of 2021: Creation of the strategic architecture of the governance system for culture is proposed, as well as recommendations to strengthen the National Directorate of Creative Economy.

 

Follow-up activities in 2022: 

  • Capacity building on the governance system of “CREA in Panama 2030,” as well as the reinforcement of a gender transformative component under the “CREA in Panama 2030” through a study on women cultural workers in Panama.
 
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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