Quadrennial Periodic Report
Ghana 2021

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General Information

Technical Information

Name of Party: 
Ghana
Date of Ratification: 
2016
Officially Designated Point of Contact of the Convention: 

QPR Stakeholder

Title: 
Mr.
Address: 
JOHN YAO AGBEKO
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
P. O. Box GP 4386 Accra
ACCRA
Ghana
Phone Number: 
+233 246257030
Email: 
john.agbeko@motac.gov.gh
Describe the multi-stakeholder consultation process established for the preparation of this report, including consultations with relevant ministries, public institutions, local governments and civil society organizations.: 

The Quadrennial Periodic Report (QPR) (2016-2020) for the implementation of the 2005 Convention was developed as a result of extensive consultation and corroboration of development policies, objectives and strategies in respect of its implementation from agencies and key stakeholders.

Prior to the preparation of the QPR there had been extensive consultations among the key stakeholders and considerations from existing 15 Year National Tourism Development Plan (2013-2027), Creative Arts Sector Medium Term Development Plan and the 2004 Cultural Policy of Ghana which is currently under review.

Referring to UNESCO’s Guidelines for the Preparation of the QPR, the Ministry constituted a Team comprising the following:
• Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
• National Commission on Culture
• Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
• Ghana Culture Forum
• National Folklore Board
• Ghana Tourism Authority
• Ghana Tourism Development Company
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
• W.E. B. Dubois Memorial Center for Pan-African Culture
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
• Creative Arts Agency
• National Film Authority

The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Team was to factor all the major 2005 Convention implementation concerns in respect of development objectives and paradigms of the Sector into a Four-Year QPR (2016-2020) consistent with the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda Policy Framework (2014 -2017) and the National Medium-Term Policy Framework (2018-2021).

Executive summary: 

In pursuance of Article 9 of the 2005 UNESCO Convention, each State Party is to submit a Quadrennial Report on their respective level of implementation. Ghana ratified the Convention in 2015 and was deposited with UNESCO in 2016. Ghana’s reporting was therefore due on 30th April, 2020. Ghana has carried out very important programmes and projects as part of the implementation process of the 2005 Convention since 2016.

The implementation of the 2005 Convention is contributing significantly to the attainment of SDG Goals 4, 5, 8, 10, 16 and 17 which invariably strengthens the governance of culture through support for employment and entrepreneurship in the cultural sector, including through digital technology, support of more balanced inflow of cultural goods and services, the mobility of artists and cultural professionals and freedom of creation.

The strategic axis for the implementation of the convention in respect of promoting the prolific growth of cultural and creative industries in Ghana include the following:

o Building productive industries with the support and use of positive Ghanaian cultural values, institutions and resources to create employment, generate wealth and ensure the growth and stability of the nation
o Promoting creative and cultural industries and making the needed investment in training, equipment, entrepreneurship, creative ventures and initiatives as well as marketing, to enhance the wealth and benefits accruing to producers and their communities
o Making arts and cultural programmes and products accessible to all
o Setting up standards and creating mechanisms for recognizing and rewarding excellence.

Specific actions taken by the Ghana include the following:
o Supporting producers with appropriate technology, education and practical demonstration
o Documenting, preserving and patenting the formula and traditional methods of production and processing
o Forming and strengthening Associations of Producers to set standards to ensure production quality
o Researching into consumer tastes and preferences to improve production quality
o Exploring and expanding local and external markets for cultural goods and services and creating a niche for indigenous cultural products from the sub region and the continent
o Facilitating access to credit
o Supporting sub regional festivals, art fairs and other artist’s programmes to raise the profile of cultural products on the world cultural scene
o Government is strengthening institutions of Culture e.g. Museums, theatres, art and craft studios etc.

From the year 2016 to date, the core functions and within the tenets of the 2005 Convention was to work primarily towards the attainment of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda Policy Framework (2014 -2017) and secondly the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework An Agenda For Jobs: Creating Prosperity And Equal Opportunity For All 2018-2021 which focuses attention on the President’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CP) (2017-2024). The overall direction for national development, as contained in the CP, is to create the conditions for the private sector to thrive in order to propel growth and create ample employment opportunities, especially for the youth.

The medium-term agenda (2018-2021) is anchored on five key pillars of growth and development, namely:
1. Restoring the economy;
2. Transforming agriculture and industry;
3. Revamping economic and social infrastructure;
4. Strengthening social protection and inclusion; and
5. Reforming public service delivery institutions.

To enhance economic development and Develop a Competitive Creative Arts Industry, Government has pursued the following prescribed strategies:
• Develop a policy and enforce legal and regulatory frameworks for the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 16.b)
• Strengthen the Copyright Office and its related agencies (SDG Target 16.6)
• Strengthen the National Creative Arts Council to implement its programmes effectively (SDG Target 16.6)
• Promote Public-Private-Participation in the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 17.17)
• Promote partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses (SDG Target 17.17)
• Strengthen institutions and improve coordination framework of creative arts sector (SDG Target 16.6)
• Create awareness of the importance of tourism and creative arts (SDGs Targets 8.9, 12.b).

To Promote culture in the development process, Government has pursued the following prescribed strategies:
• Mainstream culture in all aspect of national development (SDG Targets 4.7, 17.14)
• Review and implement cultural policy framework (SDG Target 8.9)
• Revamp Centres for National Culture (SDG Targets 8.9, 16.6)
• Support the establishment of national theatres and museums (SDG Target 8.9)
• Restructure the National Commission on Culture (SDG Target 16.6)
• Enhance capacity for development of culture industry (SDG Target 16.a)
• Develop legal regime and processes for safeguarding the intellectual property and creative heritage of Ghana (SDG
• Targets 12.b, 17.10)
• Strengthen institutions and improve coordination framework of cultural and creative arts sectors for development of culture (SDG Target 16.a)
• Establish mechanisms to eradicate negative cultural practices and project the Ghanaian cultural heritage (SDG Target 12.b)
• Create awareness of the importance of culture for development and creative arts (SDG Target 12.8)
• Enhance private sector participation (SDG Target 17.17)
• Popularize local cuisine and revive lost specialties and staples

The expected outcomes include the following;
• Strong frameworks, regulations and institutions for promoting Ghanaian culture
• Good appreciation of national culture
• Good governance regime for emerging areas in the creative and cultural industries
• Strong capacity of culture institutions
• Practice of outmoded rites and customs inimical to development eliminated
• Availability of reliable data on the cultural sector
• Effective communication between MDAs and the creative industry
• Adequate cultural infrastructure
• Reduction of negative influence of foreign culture
• Increased revenue generation from the publishing of Ghanaian Language materials and promotion of performing Arts Disciplines
• Increased appreciation and improved literacy in Ghanaian languages and pride in Ghanaian culture

Contact details of the stakeholders involved in the preparation of the quadrennial periodic report (QPR). Please also include the contact details of the civil society organizations (CSOs) if they have contributed to the QPR drafting, including through the CSO form.: 
Organization typeOrganizationEmailWebsite
Public Sector
Bureau of Ghana Languages
info@ghanalanguages.gov.gh
Public Sector
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
info@motac.gov.gh
Public Sector
Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
info@unescoghana.org
Public Sector
National Commission on Culture
info@ghanaculture.gov.gh
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Ghana Culture Forum
ghanacultureforum@yahoo.com

Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture

Cultural and Creative Sectors

A Ministry (or agency with ministerial status) is responsible for cultural and creative sectors: 
YES
Regional, provincial or local governments or administrations have decentralised responsibilities for policies and measures promoting the cultural and creative sectors:: 
YES
Regulatory frameworks and sector specific laws, policies and/or strategies supporting the cultural and creative industries have been revised or adopted during the last 4 years: 
YES
If YES, has at least one of them been designed through interministerial cooperation (involving different government departments responsible for policy areas, such as communication, education, ICT, trade, foreign affairs, labor, finance): 
YES
Specific education and training programmes in the arts and the cultural and creative sectors are established, including: 
Digital literacy programmes for creation and experimentation
Technical and vocational education and training programmes in
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Cultural management
Design
Digital cultural and creative sectors
Media arts
Music
Performing arts
Publishing
Visual arts
Tertiary and university education degrees in
Cinema/audiovisual arts
Cultural management
Design
Digital cultural and creative sectors
Media arts
Music
Performing arts
Publishing
Visual arts
Specific measures and programmes have been implemented over the last 4 years to: 
Support job creation in the cultural and creative sectors
Encourage the formalization and growth of micro/small and medium-sized cultural enterprises
Statistical offices or research bodies have produced data during the last 4 years: 
related to cultural and creative sectors
evaluating cultural policies
Share of cultural and creative sectors in Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 
0.21%
2016
Please provide whenever possible disaggregated data by sector: 
Total annual value of Culture and Creative Arts activities expressed as a % of GDP as at 2016 was 0.21% with a projected growth rate of 10% per annum Culture and arts industry contribution to GDP The total annual value of culture and arts activities, expressed as a percentage of GDP (Creative arts share of NTEs is estimated at 0.21% in 2016) 2016 in USD (000) 2017 in USD (000) 2018 in USD (000) 2019 in USD (000) 3,277,270.72 3,604,997.79 3,965,497.57 4,362,047.33
2015
Total public budget for culture (in USD): 
10,109,555USD
2019
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Develop a competitive creative arts industry

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Develop a policy and enforce legal and regulatory frameworks for the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 16.b) • Strengthen the Copyright Office and its related agencies (SDG Target 16.6) • Strengthen the National Creative Arts Council to implement its programmes effectively (SDG Target 16.6) • Promote Public-Private-Participation in the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 17.17) • Promote partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses (SDG Target 17.17) • Strengthen institutions and improve coordination framework of creative arts sector (SDG Target 16.6) • Create awareness of the importance of tourism and creative arts (SDGs Targets 8.9, 12.b).
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Interim Creative Arts Council established and made functional • Desk Office created at the sector Ministry for policy direction and coordination • Draft legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the creative arts industry produced • Strong coordination among MDAs on issues related to the creative arts industry • Creative Arts industry data mining and gathering exercise on course nationwide to inform policy formulation
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
1) Significant improvement in job creation and revenue generation for practitioners in the arts 2) Need for commensurate infrastructure for the creative arts industry – emporiums, studios, theatres, galleries etc.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Copyright Office
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
Other stakeholders
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Media Diversity

Public service media has a legal or statutory remit to promote a diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Policies and measures promote content diversity in programming by supporting: 
Regional and/or local broadcasters
Linguistic diversity in media programming
Community programming for marginalised groups (e.g. indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees, etc.)
Socio-cultural programming (e.g. children, youth, people with disabilities, etc.)
Domestic content regulations for audio-visual media exist (e.g. quotas for production or distribution requirements for national films, TV series or music on radio): 
YES
Regulatory authority(ies) monitoring media exist: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name and year of establishment of the regulatory authority(ies): 
• Ministry of Information established in 1957
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) monitor: 
Public media
Community media
Private sector media
Online media
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) are responsible for: 
Issuing licenses to broadcasters, content providers, platforms
Receiving and addressing public complaints such as online harassment, fake news, hate speech, etc.
Monitoring cultural (including linguistic) obligations
Monitoring gender equality in the media
Monitoring editorial independence of the media
Monitoring diversity in media ownership (diversity of ownership structures, transparency of ownership rules, limits on ownership concentration, etc.)
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Ensure responsive governance and citizen participation in the development dialogue

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Information
National Media Commission
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Create an enabling environment for development communication (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Promote social behaviour change around a set of shared values of the good society (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Integrate development communication across the public policy cycle (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Promote ownership and accountability for implementation for development and policy programmes (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Establish institutional structures for development communication at all levels of governance (SDG Targets 16.6 • Create an enabling environment for development communication (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Promote social behaviour change around a set of shared values of the good society (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Integrate development communication across the public policy cycle (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) • Promote ownership and accountability for implementation for development and policy programmes (SDG Targets 16.7,16.10) • Establish institutional structures for development communication at all levels of governance (SDG Targets 16.6 • Organize National Policy Summits, regular town hall meetings and meet-the-press series periodically around key government initiatives (SDG Targets 16.7, 16.10) (SDG Target 17.3)
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• adequate ownership and accountability for national development at all levels • non- polarized media landscape • sufficient funding for development communication • strong capacity of development communication institutions
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $ 22,674,218.80 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Responsive governance and citizen participation in the development dialogue ensured
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ghana Journalists Association
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
PRINPAG
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
Media Houses
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
1) Ministry of Information
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
2) National Commission for Civic Education
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
3) Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
4) National Disaster Management Organization
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
6) Training Institutions
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
7) Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
8) National Media Commission
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
9) Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
10) Ghana News Agency
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
11) Ghanaian Times
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
12) Ghana Publishing Corporation
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
13) Graphic Communications Group
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
1) Information Services Department-Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Digital Environment

Policies, measures or mechanisms are in place to support the digital transformation of cultural and creative industries and institutions (e.g. funding for digitization of analogue industries): 
YES
Policies or measures have been introduced to ensure vibrant domestic digital cultural and creative industries markets with a diversity of e-players of all sizes (e.g. fair remuneration rules; control market concentration; prevention of monopolies of digital content providers/distributors or their algorithms that potentially restrict the diversity of cultural expressions, etc.):: 
YES
Policies and measures have been implemented to enhance access to and discoverability of domestically produced cultural content in the digital environment (e.g. action plans or policies for digital content pluralism, public support to cultural or artistic portals in specific languages, national or regional online distribution platforms for domestic content, etc.): 
YES
Measures and initiatives have been implemented to promote digital creativity and competencies of artists and other cultural professionals working with new technologies (e.g. spaces for experimentation, incubators, etc.): 
YES
Statistics or studies with recent data on access to digital media, including on the type of cultural content available through digital media, are available: 
YES
Percentage of the population with subscriptions to online cultural content providers (e.g. Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, etc.): 
70.60%
2016
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Expand the digital landscape

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Communications
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Build an integrated national ICT digital infrastructure (National ID system, addressing system, interoperability of payments telecommunications systems, citizen’s services centre nationwide using Government’s infrastructure such as post offices, community information centres etc. (SDG Target 9c.) • Provide regulatory framework to use national ICT digital infrastructure as a platform for e-government services (SDG Targets 9.c, 17.14) • Develop and implement regulations to facilitate Public-Private Partnerships (PPP’s) (SDG Target 17.17) • Create a favourable environment to promote e-commerce and offline cashless payments (SDG Target 10.5) • Provide regulatory framework to use national ICT digital infrastructure as a platform for e-government services (SDG Targets 9.c, 17.14) • Develop and implement regulations to facilitate Public-Private Partnerships (PPP’s) (SDG Target 17.17) • Create a favourable environment to promote e-commerce and offline cashless payments (SDG Target 10.5) • Provide real-time information to all segments of the population and economy (SDG Targets 16.10, 17.19) • Deepen internet availability and accessibility nationally especially in schools (citizen digital index) (SDG Target 9.c, 16.10) • Increase internet capacity and quality training in and out of school • Promote business process outsourcing and IT enabled services (SDG Targets 9.c, 16.10) • Establish innovation hubs and promote a software and applications industry (SDG Targets 9.c, 16.10) • Develop and use ICT as a platform to increase the flow of information on employment and teleworking opportunities (SDG Targets 9.c, 16.10) • Promote deployment of an e-voting system for national, parliamentary and constituency elections (SDG Targets 9.c, 16.10, 16.7) • Ensure adequate digital capability to support production and use of ICTs for development (SDG Targets 9.c, 16.10) • Promote the establishment of ICT parks across the country SDG Targets 9.c, 17.8)
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Adequate ICT infrastructure across the country
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Data Year = 2019 About USD $49,424,378.92 Value of public and private investment in the ICT sector in 2015 was US$44,500,282.00
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Enhanced application of ICT in national development
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Communications
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
National Information Technology Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
National Data Centre
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
National Identification Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Savanna Agricultural Development Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Other stakeholders
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
Telecom Institutions
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Financial Institutions
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Insurance Companies
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Other Broadband companies
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Partnering with Civil Society

Professional organizations and/or trade unions representing artists and/or cultural professionals in the following sectors exist in your country (i.e. federation of musicians, publishers unions, etc.): 
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Publishing
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Public funding schemes supporting CSOs involvement in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions exist: 
YES
Training and mentoring opportunities were organized or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years to build skills on communication, advocacy and/or fundraising of civil society organizations involved in the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Dialogue mechanisms between public authorities and CSOs for cultural policy making and/or monitoring have been implemented during the last 4 years (meetings, working groups, etc.): 
YES
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
• 2004 Cultural Policy of Ghana Review Meetings
Ghana Culture Week Planning Committee Meetings
Policies and measures promoting the diversity of cultural expressions have been elaborated in consultation with CSOs during the last 4 years: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Promote culture in the development process

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Mainstream culture in all aspect of national development (SDG Targets 4.7, 17.14) • Review and implement cultural policy framework (SDG Target 8.9) • Revamp Centres for National Culture (SDG Targets 8.9, 16.6) • Support the establishment of national theatres and museums (SDG Target 8.9) • Restructure the National Commission on Culture (SDG Target 16.6) • Enhance capacity for development of culture industry (SDG Target 16.a) • Develop legal regime and processes for safeguarding the intellectual property and creative heritage of Ghana (SDG • Targets 12.b, 17.10) • Strengthen institutions and improve coordination framework of cultural and creative arts sectors for development of culture (SDG Target 16.a) • Establish mechanisms to eradicate negative cultural practices and project the Ghanaian cultural heritage (SDG Target 12.b) • Create awareness of the importance of culture for development and creative arts (SDG Target 12.8) • Enhance private sector participation (SDG Target 17.17) • Popularize local cuisine and revive lost specialties and staples
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Strong framework, regulations and institutions for promoting Ghanaian culture • Good appreciation of national culture • Good governance regime for emerging areas in the creative and cultural industries • Strong capacity of culture institutions • Practice of outmoded rites and customs inimical to development eliminated • Availability of reliable data on the cultural sector • Effective communication between MDAs and the creative industry • Adequate cultural infrastructure • Reduction of negative influence of foreign culture • Increased revenue generation from the publishing of Ghanaian Language materials and promotion of performing arts disciplines • Increased appreciation and improved literacy in Ghanaian languages and pride in Ghanaian culture
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
• Strengthen frameworks, regulations and institutions for promoting Ghanaian culture • Rejuvenate public appreciation for national culture • Eliminate the gaps in the governance regime for emerging areas in the creative and cultural industries • Strengthen the capacity for cultural institutions • Eliminate outmoded rites and customs inimical to national development • Provide reliable data on the cultural sector • Ensure effective communication between the MDAs and Cultural and Creative industries • Eliminate negative influence of foreign culture
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Artists Alliance Gallery
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum comprising 88+ artistic groups and associations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Theatre of Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Symphony Orchestra
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Dance Ensemble
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Abibigromma
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Folklore Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Pan African Writers Association
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Film Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Please indicate if the following policies and measures exist in your country: 
Policies and measures supporting the outward mobility of artists and cultural professionals (e.g. export offices, support for participation in international cultural markets for cultural professionals, etc.)
Specific visa policies or other cross border measures supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and cultural professionals in your country (e.g. simplified visa procedures, reduced fees for visas, visas for longer durations)
Work permit regulations supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and cultural professionals in your country (e.g. double taxation avoidance agreements, special work permits and health insurance, subsidies to cover living expenses, etc.)
Please indicate if the following operational programmes have been developed or supported/funded by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Information resources or training services providing practical guidance to facilitate the mobility of cultural professionals (e.g. Internet platforms)
Infrastructure (e.g. arts residencies, cultural institutes, etc.) having a mandate to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and hosting a large number of foreign artists, notably from developing countries
Major cultural events (e.g. cultural seasons, festivals, cultural industries markets, etc.) having a mandate to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and hosting a large number of foreign artists, notably from developing countries
Please indicate if the following mobility funds (e.g. scholarships, travel grants, etc.) have been managed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Public funds supporting the outward mobility of national or resident artists and other cultural professionals
Public funds supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and other cultural professionals, notably from developing countries
Public funds specifically supporting the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals from or between developing countries, including through North-South-South and South-South cooperation
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Promote partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses (SDG Target 17.17)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
o Exploring and expanding local and external markets for cultural goods and services and creating a niche for indigenous cultural products from the sub region and the continent o Supporting sub regional festivals, art fairs and other artist’s programmes to raise the profile of cultural products on the world cultural scene
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses promoted (SDG Target 17.17) (e.g. Pan African Festival of Arts and Culture -PANAFEST, Emancipation Day Celebrations, National Festival of Arts and Culture, AFRIMAG etc.)
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
• Institutions strengthened and coordination framework of cultural and creative arts sectors for development of culture improved (SDG Target 16.a) • Awareness created on the importance of culture for development and creative arts (SDG Target 12.8)
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Theatre of Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Symphony Orchestra
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Dance Ensemble
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Abibigromma
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Folklore Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Pan African Writers Association
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Film Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Hotel, Tourism and Hospitality Training Institute
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Artists Alliance Gallery
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum comprising 88+ artistic groups and associations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Flow of Cultural Goods and Services

Export strategies or measures to support the distribution of cultural goods and services outside your country exist for the following cultural domains: 
-
Your country has granted or benefited from preferential treatment* to support a balanced exchange of cultural goods and services in the last 4 years: 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-
Your country has provided or benefited in the last 4 years from Aid for Trade support, a form of Official Development Assistance (ODA), that helped to build capacities to formulate trade policies, participate in negotiating and implementing agreements that provide a special status to cultural goods and services: 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-
Value of direct foreign investment in creative and cultural industries (in USD): 
436,204,733USD
2019
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Making arts and cultural programmes and products accessible to all

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Promoting creative and cultural industries and making the needed investment in training, equipment, entrepreneurship, creative ventures and initiatives as well as marketing, to enhance the wealth and benefits accruing to producers and their communities
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Institutions strengthened and coordination framework of culture and creative arts sector improved (SDG Target 16.6)
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
• Interim Creative Arts Council established and made functional • Desk Office for culture and creative arts created at the sector Ministry for policy direction and coordination • Draft legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the creative arts industry produced • Strong coordination among MDAs on issues related to the cultural and creative arts industries • Data mining and gathering exercise for culture and creative arts on course nationwide to inform policy formulation
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Artists Alliance Gallery
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum comprising 88+ artistic groups and associations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Theatre of Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Symphony Orchestra
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Dance Ensemble
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Abibigromma
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Folklore Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Pan African Writers Association
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Film Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Hotel, Tourism and Hospitality Training Institute
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Treaties and agreements

Multilateral or bilateral trade and/or investment agreements providing a special status to cultural goods and/or services have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negociation: 
YES
Multilateral or bilateral agreements including specific provisions providing a special status to cultural goods and services and digital products in the field of e-commerce have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negotiation: 
YES
Multilateral or bilateral agreements, declarations and/or strategies on relevant policy issues for the diversity of cultural expressions (e.g. education, digital, intellectual property, sustainable development, gender equality, etc.) signed or amended to take into account the objectives or principles of the Convention during the last 4 years: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Promote international trade and investment

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Promote the Made-in-Ghana (MiG) policy, value addition and seek marketing opportunities within Africa and beyond (SDG Targets 2.3, 9.3, 17.11) • Pursue pragmatic measures to remove bottlenecks along the entire supply chain of exports, including addressing port capacity issues, transport links, finance, trade facilitation, port and market access issues • (SDG Targets 17.10, 17.12) • Restructure the operations of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and implement the National Export Strategy (SDG Target 17.11) • Pursue the objectives of ECOWAS, including the rapid establishment of an ECOWAS regional market • Promote the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and remove bottlenecks (SDG Targets 2.b, 17.10, 17.12) • Facilitate the adoption and implementation of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) (SDG Target 17.12) • Pursue the objectives of the African Union (AU) and create the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) (SDG Target 17.12) • Pursue measures to take full advantage of multilateral trade agreements such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative of the US government, and the EU-ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) (SDG Target 17.10) • Provide support to stakeholder organizations in export promotion o Exploring and expanding local and external markets for cultural goods and services and creating a niche for indigenous cultural products from the sub region and the continent o Facilitating access to credit o Supporting sub regional festivals, art fairs and other artist’s programmes to raise the profile of cultural products on the world cultural scene
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Strong framework, regulations and institutions for promoting Ghanaian culture • Good appreciation of national culture • Good governance regime for emerging areas in the creative and cultural industries
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $172,491.078.82 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Government’s obligations to protect the flow of cultural goods and services should be integrated/factored into the domains of action of the following treaties and agreements: • ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) • AU Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) • African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) • EU-ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) should be restructured to optimize its operational efficiency, improve the supply-side capacity of Ghanaian firms, strengthen links between industrial and trade policies, improve conditions of trade infrastructure, regularize unauthorized entry and exit routes, promote the consumption of made-in-Ghana products and adopt substitution strategies where feasible.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Artists Alliance Gallery
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum comprising 88+ artistic groups and associations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Trade and Industry
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Finance
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Business Development
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks

National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans

National sustainable development plans and strategies recognize the strategic role of: 
Culture (in general)
Creativity and innovation
Cultural and creative industries
Please rate from 1 to 4 the type of outcomes expected by the inclusion of culture in national sustainable development plans and strategies 1 most often expected outcome 4 least expected outcome): 
Economic (e.g. employment, trade, intellectual property, cultural and creative industries, rural and territorial development): 
1
Social (e.g. social cohesion and inclusion, inequality and poverty reduction, values and identity, vulnerable and minority groups, empowerment and human capital, education): 
2
Environmental (e.g. natural resources, reducing environmental impact of cultural industries and practices): 
2
Cultural (e.g. cultural infrastructure, participation and access to culture, innovation, artists support): 
1
Public cultural bodies and agencies responsible for culture or creative industries are involved in the design and implementation of sustainable development policies and plans (i.e. participate in coordination mechanisms such as joint planning committees): 
YES
Cultural industry-led regeneration initiatives and projects at the regional, urban and/or rural levels have been implemented in the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures facilitate participation in cultural life and access to diverse cultural facilities and expressions, notably addressing the needs of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups (e.g. via reduced entrance fees; audience development, arts education and audiences awareness-raising): 
YES
Latest data on cultural participation rates by socio demographic variables (sex/age groups/rural- urban/income levels/education levels): 
N/A
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Mainstream culture in all aspect of national development (SDG Targets 4.7, 17.14)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Building productive industries with the support and use of positive Ghanaian cultural values, institutions and resources to create employment, generate wealth and ensure the growth and stability of the nation
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Promoting creative and cultural industries and making the needed investment in training, equipment, entrepreneurship, creative ventures and initiatives as well as marketing, to enhance the wealth and benefits accruing to producers and their communities
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
o Making arts and cultural programmes and products accessible to all o Setting up standards and creating mechanisms for recognizing and rewarding excellence
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Artists Alliance Gallery
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Ghana Culture Forum comprising 88+ artistic groups and associations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Theatre of Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Symphony Orchestra
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Dance Ensemble
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Abibigromma
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Folklore Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Pan African Writers Association
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Film Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Hotel, Tourism and Hospitality Training Institute
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Your country has contributed to or benefited from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) during the last 4 years: 
YES, my country has contributed to the IFCD
YES, a public body or a non-governmental organization in my country has benefited from the IFCD
Development cooperation strategies, including South-South cooperation strategies, recognize the strategic role of creativity and diverse cultural expressions: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name(s) of the strategy and year(s) of adoption: 
• AU Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”
• Charter for African Cultural Renaissance
• Cultural Charter for Africa
• The Nairobi Plan of Action on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Africa
• African Cultural Renaissance Campaign 2010 – 2012 Strategy for Implementation
• Cultural Policy of ECOWAS
• The implementation of the Draft Resolution for Major Programme IV – Culture (2018-2021)
Your country manages multi- and/or bilateral technical assistance and capacity building cooperation programmes supporting: 
Cultural policy development and implementation in developing countries
Medium, small or micro-enterprise development of creative industries and markets in developing countries
Artists and cultural professionals in developing countries
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Promote partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses (SDG Target 17.17)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Ministry of Trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
o Exploring and expanding local and external markets for cultural goods and services and creating a niche for indigenous cultural products from the sub region and the continent o Facilitating access to credit o Supporting sub regional festivals, art fairs and other artist’s programmes to raise the profile of cultural products on the world cultural scene
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Strong framework, regulations and institutions for promoting Ghanaian culture • Good appreciation of national culture • Good governance regime for emerging areas in the creative and cultural industries
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
N/A
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Government’s obligations to protect the flow of cultural goods and services should be integrated/factored into the domains of action of the following treaties and agreements: • ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) • AU Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) • African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) • EU-ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) should be restructured to optimize its operational efficiency, improve the supply-side capacity of Ghanaian firms, strengthen links between industrial and trade policies, improve conditions of trade infrastructure, regularize unauthorized entry and exit routes, promote the consumption of made-in-Ghana products and adopt substitution strategies where feasible.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Trade
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Goal 4 - Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Gender Equality

Ministries, governmental agencies and/or parliamentary bodies in charge of gender equality: 
Exist and are relevant for artists and cultural professionals
Policies and measures to support the full participation of women in cultural life have been implemented during the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures have been adopted to support the recognition and advancement of women as artists, cultural professionals and/or creative entrepreneurs, (e.g. ensure equal pay for equal work or equal access to funding, coaching or mentoring schemes, anti-discrimination measures, etc.): 
YES
Data is regularly collected and disseminated to monitor: 
Gender equality in the culture and media sectors
Participation of women in cultural life
Percentage of women/men in decision-making /managerial positions in public and private cultural and media: 
Indicator Indicator Definition Year Data 2018 2021 Percentage of women in public life Change in number of women in administration and political leadership including, Ministers of State, Deputy Ministers of State, MPs, MMDCEs, Chief Directors, Members of District Assemblies, etc., expressed as a percentage 2016 Ministers = 23.25% (9) Dep. Ministers =20.93% (8) MPs =10.9% (30) MMDCEs = 10.3% (20) Chief Directors =10% (4) Chief Justice = 100% (1) Supreme Court Judges = 23% (3) High Court Judges = 38% (5) District Assembly Appointees = NA District Assembly Elected =5% (280) Overall = 26.8% 40% >30% 10.5% 40% >30% 100% 40% 40% 40% 20% 39.1% 40% 30% 40% 40% >30% 100% 40% 40% 40% 20% 42%
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Attain gender equality and equity in political, social and economic development systems and outcomes

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Ensure passage and implementation of the Affirmative Action (Gender Equality) Bill (SDG Target 5.c) • Target attainment of gender balance on all government appointed committees, boards and official bodies (SDG Targets5.1, 5.5, 5.c) • Ensure passage of the Domestic Workers Bill into Law (SDG Target 5.4) • Increase GoG funding for institutions responsible for gender issues (SDG Targets 5.c, 16.6, 16.a) • Institute gender-responsive budgeting and training on gender equality in civil and public services (SDG Target 5.c) • Introduce measures to promote change in socio-cultural norms and values inhibiting gender equality (SDG Targets 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 10.2) • Mainstream gender in the curriculum at basic level of schooling (SDG Target 5.c)
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Passage and implementation of the Affirmative Action (Gender Equality) Bill (SDG Target 5.c) • Passage of the Domestic Workers Bill into Law (SDG Target 5.4) • Measures introduced to promote change in socio-cultural norms and values inhibiting gender equality (SDG Targets 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 10.2) • Gender mainstreamed in the curriculum at basic level of schooling (SDG Target 5.c)
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $270,016,997.29 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Government has to create a favourable sociocultural environment for gender equality
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Other stakeholders
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
Civil Society Organisations
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Name of partner: 
• National House of Chiefs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Employment and Labour Resources
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Parliament
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Education
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Education Service
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Development Planning Commission
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Regional Houses of Chiefs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Labour Department
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Artistic Freedom

The constitution and/or national regulatory frameworks formally acknowledge: 
The right of artists to create without censorship or intimidation
The right of artists to disseminate and/or perform their artistic works
The right for all citizens to freely enjoy artistic works both in public and in private
The right for all citizens to take part in cultural life without restrictions
Independent bodies are established to receive complaints and/or monitor violations and restrictions to artistic freedom: 
YES
Initiatives to protect artists at risk or in exile have been developed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years (e.g. providing safe houses, guidance and training, etc.): 
YES
Measures and initiatives intended to ensure transparent decision-making on government funding/ state grants and awards for artists exist (e.g. through independent committees, etc.): 
YES
Social protection measures that take the professional status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. health insurance, retirement schemes, unemployment benefits, etc.): 
YES
Economic measures that take the status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. collective agreements, income tax and other regulatory frameworks, etc.): 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Develop a Competitive Creative Arts Industry

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
• Develop a policy and enforce legal and regulatory frameworks for the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 16.b) • Strengthen the Copyright Office and its related agencies (SDG Target 16.6) • Strengthen the National Creative Arts Council to implement its programmes effectively (SDG Target 16.6) • Promote Public-Private-Participation in the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 17.17) • Promote partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses (SDG Target 17.17) • Strengthen institutions and improve coordination framework of creative arts sector (SDG Target 16.6) • Create awareness of the importance of tourism and creative arts (SDGs Targets 8.9, 12.b).
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
• Policy to enforce legal and regulatory frameworks for the development of the creative arts industry developed (SDG Target 16.b) • Copyright Office and its related agencies strengthened (SDG Target 16.6) • Interim National Creative Arts Council established to implement its programmes effectively (SDG Target 16.6) • Public-Private-Participation promoted in the development of the creative arts industry (SDG Target 17.17) • Partnerships and participation in global arts events and businesses promoted (SDG Target 17.17) • Institutions and improve coordination framework of creative arts sector strengthened (SDG Target 16.6) • Awareness created on the importance of tourism and creative arts (SDGs Targets 8.9, 12.b).
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
About USD $1,444,222.24 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Government is addressing the following: • Informality and lack of an effective legal, regulatory and institutional regime for the creative arts industry • Weak coordination among MDAs on issues related to the creative arts industry
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Copyright Office
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Measures and Initiatives reported by Civil Society Organizations

Describe how the CSO form has been used to promote collaboration with CSOs in the preparation of this report, including the distribution of the form and the modalities of collection and analysis of the information received. Please indicate the percentage of measures and initiatives received that have been considered as relevant by the Party and included in the QPR.: 
This report for CSOs contribution in respect of the implementation of the 2005 convention in Ghana has been compiled by visiting the website of the Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) to look at its programmes and activities since Ghana’s ratification. The Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) is the civil society umbrella body in Ghana with membership comprising all the registered artistic groups and associations in Ghana that have either directly or indirectly contributed to the implementation of the 2005 convention in Ghana. The website address is: www.ghancultureforum.org C/O P.O. Box CT1780, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. Tel: (+233-[0]302) 760441, 770808 Fax: (+233-[0]302) 760441 Email: ghanacultureforum@yahoo.com The GCF was proposed and initiated at the UNESCO organised Consultative Forum on the Power of Culture in Development held at the African Royal Beach Hotel, Nungua, Accra on 28th April, 2011on 28th April, 2011 in Accra. The forum was designed among others, to discuss the strategies for mainstreaming culture in national development. An important aspect of the discussions focused on the international normative instruments, their ratification and implementation by the Government of Ghana - principally the UNESCO Conventions for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The consultation also considered the formation of a Civil Society Advocacy Forum on Cultural Heritage to pursue and intervene on issues related to the domain and its place in overall national development policies. UNESCO graciously provided the initial grant and technical expertise to support the institutionalization and official launch of the Ghana Culture Forum. This website was constructed with funds provided by the grant. A number of cultural personalities were proposed as members of the Interim Steering Committee of the Forum. They have since been working to establish the GCF as an advocacy platform for culture development and action. The conveners of the GCF are Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Chairperson) and Akunu Dake, Heritage Development (Vice Chair). The initial network organisations and partners include: 1. Musicians Union of Ghana 2. Veterans Musicians Association of Ghana 3. Professional Musicians Association of Ghana 4. Ghana Actors Guild 5. Ghana Concert Party Union 6. Women in Performing Arts 7. Actresses Association of Ghana 8. Ghana Union of Theatre Societies 9. Ghana Dance Association 10. Ghana Association of Visual Artists 11. Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana 12. SPINNET Textile & Garment Cluster 13. Ghana Fashion Designers Association 14. Fashion Forum Ghana 15. Models Union of Ghana 16. Ghana Association of Writers 17. Ghana Book Publishers Association 18. Ehalakasa 19. Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts 20. Film Producers Association of Ghana 21. Film Crew Association of Ghana 22. Film Directors Guild of Ghana 23. Film Distributors Association of Ghana 24. Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry 25. Ghana Association of Audio and Audio-Visual Distribution 26. Audio Visual Rights Society of Ghana 27. Ghana Music Rights Organization 28. Copy Ghana 29. Values for Life 30. Accra Films School 31. African Youth Choir Ghana 32. Aid to Artisans Ghana 33. Art Accra 34. Arterial Network 35. Asona Royal Entertainment 36. Avinash Entertainment 37. Bambu Center 38. Biamas Production 39. Black Star International Film Festival 40. Boom Entertainment Ltd 41. Borkmans Investment Ventures 42. Calabash Images 43. Centre for Communication and Culture 44. Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CEFIKS) 45. Cook Art 46. Domand Cultural Consultancy 47. EAA Media Productions 48. Foundation for Female Photojournalists 49. Global Arts & Development Centre 50. Global Fusion Productions Inc. 51. Hausa Television 52. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy 53. Heritage Development 54. Ingenius Africa 55. Integrated Music Company Limited 56. A Films 57. Joepamas Films Limited 58. Jubilee Communications 59. Kali Etch Foundation 60. Kuyum Arts Investigation 61. MCPR Africa Ltd 62. Media Excel Production 63. Mode Conceptz 64. Musiculture Foundation International 65. Namebooks Publishing & Studio Company 66. Noyam Institute for the Arts 67. Nubuke Foundation 68. ONELORM 69. Osagyefo Theatre Company Limited 70. Pan-African Youth Orchestra 71. Pan African Fair for Arts and Music 72. Quallos Production 73. Riclils Entertainment & Events Management 74. Royal Organic Clinic (Organic Hills) 75. Spice Events & Models Limited 76. Suade Cultural Academy 77. Sub-Saharan Publishers 78. Union of Artistic & Cultural Groups of Accra Metro 79. Urithi Entertainment Ltd 80. Vakpo Artisans Guild 81. Women Love Association 82. Women’s Arts Institute Africa (Ghana) 83. Youth Bridge Foundation 84. Zaria Horizons PARTNERS • Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture • Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs • National Commission on Culture • Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon • School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon • Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon • Ghana Museums and Monuments Board • National Theatre of Ghana • Ghana Broadcasting Corporation • National Film and Television Institute • Ghana National Commission on UNESCO • UNESCO office, Accra (In attendance)
GOAL 1 - Support sustainable systems of governance for culture: 

Ghana Culture Forum National Delegates Conference

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Ghana Culture Forum
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Ensuring regional and district representation for the Ghana Culture Forum by creating offices in the regions and districts to decentralize its administrative structures, programmes and activities
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• Ghana Culture Forum Regional branches/offices set up and made functional • Ghana Culture Forum District branches/offices set up and made functional
GOAL 2 - Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals: 

Grant Support for Ghana Culture Forum Members

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Ghana Culture Forum
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Grant support to recapitalize and rekindle the creative energies of Ghana Culture Forum members
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
24 Active Cultural and Creative Industry players who are affiliated to the Ghana Culture Forum as members supported with grants to grow their businesses through the 2016 and 2017 Call for Proposals cycles
GOAL 3 - Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks: 

Ghana Culture Week Celebrations

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Ghana Culture Forum
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Ghana Culture Week Celebrations is a week long programme that showcases achievements of; • cultural production units, enterprises, initiatives and actions towards raising resources and funds for the industry • key institutions, projects, programmes and models in the Ghanaian cultural sector and allied domains • related complementary programmes and initiatives in the sector and allied developmental areas (such as in Urban development, Health, Education etc.) that can be hooked on in support of culture and the creative industries • cultural institutions through symposiums that highlight the contributions and potentials of the industry.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• Inventory on cultural production units, enterprises, initiatives and actions towards raising resources and funds for the industry • Inventory of key institutions, projects, programmes and models in the Ghanaian cultural sector and allied domains • Audit of donor related complementary programmes and initiatives in the sector and allied developmental areas (such as in Urban development, Health, Education etc.) that can be hooked on in support of culture and the creative industries
GOAL 4 - Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms: 

Funding support for Ghana Culture Forum Activities - Facilitation of the dissemination / popularization of the Ghana’s Culture Policy

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Ghana Culture Forum
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
• Serializing the Culture Policy in the Newspapers • Organizing a series of programmes on the essential content of the Culture Policy. This is to be held under the framework of GCF • Heritage Institute - periodically creates the platform for discourse on specific social issues/ questions
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• Culture integrated into national development planning agenda • Focused attention on the implementation of the Cultural Policy of Ghana by some MDAs
On the basis of the analysis of the responses provided through the CSO form, present up to ten main priorities of CSOs to implement the Convention over the next four years.: 
1) Capacity Development - Enhancement Workshops for cultural organisations, institutions, guilds and enterprises 2) Baseline research on domains of the creative arts sector 3) Sector / Domain Profiling 4) Resourcing the Culture Sector - Develop a comprehensive document for programme funding and other interventions 5) Ghana Culture Day 6) World Poetry Day 7) Ghana International Book Fair 8) Seminar on a more efficient and productive Phonographic Industry 9) Work with UNESCO on the implementation of relevant UNESCO Conventions 10) Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) Book Festivals

Emerging Transversal Issues

Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Normative Framework for Culture – Review of Cultural Policy

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The 2004 Cultural Policy of Ghana is to be reviewed to accommodate modern development trends after 14 years of its promulgation. It is proposed that, the policy review should take into account the implementation of both domestic and international cultural agreements which bind Ghana to the comity of nations. For example, Ghana has ratified six (6) UNESCO Conventions amongst others and has pledged to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with over 169 targets which invariably confirm Culture’s role as both an enabler and a driver for sustainable development.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
YES
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
On the 12th of December, 2018, the Ministry for Tourism, Arts and Culture, appointed a 21- member committee to review the 2004 Cultural Policy of Ghana to accommodate modern development trends after 14 years of its promulgation. The Committee has met six times and the review is still on course.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
A total amount of USD $2,000.00 in 2019
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The Review of 2004 Cultural Policy of Ghana as one of the major deliverables to be achieved. The Cultural Policy of Ghana received cabinet approval in 2004. The document still has a lot of unfulfilled mandate and an arduous task to accomplish. Eminent shortfalls and weaknesses in the culture sector continue to prevail and this underscores the need for continuous support for the National Commission on Culture and its implementing organizations in whatever form it would take. The threefold objectives of the Cultural Policy of Ghana remain: (1) Documentation and promotion of Ghana’s traditional cultural values (2) Growth and development of the country’s cultural institutions and making them relevant to human development, democratic governance and national integration (3) Enhancement of Ghanaian cultural life and development of cultural programmes to contribute to the nation’s human development and material progress through heritage preservation and promotion and the use of traditional and modern arts and crafts to create wealth and alleviate poverty.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Commission on Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Bureau of Ghana Languages
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Creative Arts Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Theatre of Ghana
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Symphony Orchestra
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Dance Ensemble
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Abibigromma
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• National Folklore Board
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Pan African Writers Association
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Film Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Ghana Tourism Authority
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
• Hotel, Tourism and Hospitality Training Institute
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Challenges and Achievements

Describe the main results achieved to implement the Convention (at least one major achievement in one of the four goals): 
The establishment of an interim Creative Arts Council to provide policy direction for the holistic development of the creative arts sub sector
Describe the main challenges encountered to implement the Convention and the main solutions found or envisaged to overcome them: 
The main challenges encountered are: • Prolonged absence of a reliable funding mechanism to support the prolific growth of arts and culture. * Prolonged absence of institutional framework for the development of the creative arts sub sector * Absence of an up to date policy framework for the culture sector
Describe the steps planned in the next four years to further implement the Convention and the priority areas identified for future policy action based on the conclusions of the current reporting process: 
• Establish a Culture Fund to assist with the implementation of programmes • Develop a Database for the culture/creative Industry • Build the capacity of Culture/creative industry practitioners • Review the Cultural Policy of Ghana

Annexes

Please upload relevant documents (law, policy, agreement, regulation, strategy, etc.), studies and statistics in PDF format related to the implementation of the 4 goals and the 11 areas of monitoring of the Convention in your country. The documents should have been produced during the reporting period covered by this periodic report. Please provide the title and a description of the main content of the document in English or French.: 
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Submission

Designated official signing the report: 
Title: 
Mr.
First name: 
Christopher
Family name: 
Wetcher
Organization: 
Ghana Commission for UNESCO
Position: 
Program Officer for Culture
Date of submission: 
2021
Electronic Signature: