Programmes for the implementation of the Convention aim at strengthening the capacities of Parties – particularly developing countries – to design policies, measures and programmes that have a direct impact on the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of a diversity of cultural expressions.  In the long term, the objective is to bring about positive transformations in the systems of governance that can benefit the cultural and creative sectors.

Through training and technical assistance, programmes aim at enhancing the competences of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to:

  • acquire and raise broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s principles and objectives.
  • benefit from mechanisms established by the Convention including international assistance and quadrennial periodic reporting.
  • design and implement policies and measures to foster the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors in developing countries.
  • acquire entrepreneurial and business competences, including new strategic management, marketing, financial and technology skills.



Africa is a strong supporter of the 2005 Convention, boasting a high ratification rate. Many countries in the region are already pursuing different initiatives aimed at translating the Convention’s articles and principles into national policies and programmes.

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity fosters partnerships between public, private and civil society actors in cultural industries in developing countries. This initiative is an operational project of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which reaffirms the importance of promoting innovative partnerships responding to the needs of developing countries.