Governance for Culture

the project at a glance

13 Countries, over 40 field missions, 26 experts involved, 4 years of implementation

Results and Impacts 

The UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project to Strengthen Systems of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries is a global project launched in 2010 with funding from the European Union, through its “Investing in people” thematic programme. Its aim is to support public authorities from developing countries in their efforts to design and strengthen their policies and strategies for culture, especially in the area of cultural and creative industries.

Following an international call for interest launched in 2010, a network of 30 leading cultural policy experts was constituted, representative of the fields covered by the 2005 Convention. This Expert Facility provides long-term technical assistance in the form of policy advice, skills training, knowledge sharing.

From 2010 to 2015, 13 countries benefited from the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility project, which resulted in the design and implementation of over 23 cultural policies. These included strategies, recommendations, action plans and legal documents for the promotion of the cultural and creative industries, both at national and local level. All beneficiary countries have ratified the 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The Expert Facility was expanded in March 2015 to include 43 experts - integrating new fields of expertise and ensuring a better geographical representation of experts.

To learn more about the Expert Facility: click here

What is Technical Assistance?

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This comprehensive guide for technical assistance establishes a common methodology and approach for the implementation of the 2005 Convention in developing countries. It was elaborated by international experts participating in UNESCO’s Expert Facility during the implementation of the UNESCO/EU project.

Technical assistance consist of non-financial support provided by local or international specialists and includes activities such as sharing information and expertise, mentoring, skills training, transmission of working knowledge, and consulting services and may also involve the transfer of technical data.