- Data collection and statistics on cultural sector enhanced through dedicated workshop on this issue (March 2017)
- 23 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- Submission of first Quadrennial Periodic Report to UNESCO on 30 June 2016
Over the past decade, Zimbabwe has seen important developments in the field of culture, namely through the creation of their Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and promotion of Culture and Heritage in 2015 and the adoption of their National Cultural Policy in 2016. Such recent governmental efforts have somewhat improved the participation of civil society in the cultural sector. Important initiatives from civil society have included the National Plan of Action for Arts and Culture (2012) spearheaded by Nhimbe Trust laying the aspirations and concerns of the creative sector and the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust set up in 2006 to provide financial support to cultural professionals and artists. Both of these projects and two other NGOs have received funding in recent years from UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).
Some important challenges remain, however, with the need to further revise other policy areas, including in the domain of broadcasting, to ensure that the media sector is fully conducive to artistic freedom and diverse cultural expressions.
This capacity-building project is therefore timely for Zimbabwe amidst these recent changes in the cultural policy landscape. It offers an opportunity to ensure that these changes align with international standards by raising awareness of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention while also ensuring increasing dialogue between civil society and the government. The project also provides much-needed training on data collection, indicator building and periodic reporting to ensure participatory and evidence-based policy-making in the country.