2005 National Cultural policy framework

Ministry of Tourism Environment and Culture
Ministry of Planning and Development
Ministry of Law and Constitutional Affairs
Ministry of Education and Training
Lesotho Revenue Authority
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

1. Promotion of creative cultural production through indigenous arts, and crafts.

2. Assign sufficient funding for museums, archives, art galleries, libraries and full research on identified monuments. The preservation of, access to and engagement in heritage should be ensured by such institutions.

3. Promote the production of feature films, television and radio programmes and the support of design, performing and visual arts organisations and festivals throughout Lesotho.

4. Include a comprehensive collection of policy statements, legislation, infrastructures, programmes, services and other tools in specific cultural fields.

5. Involve inter-ministerial co-operation and public-private partnership consultations.

6. Support cultural creativities and expressions by national subsidies to artists, community organisations and festivals.

7. Enhance economic sustainability of the cultural industries through support programmes, tax benefits and domestic regulation.

8. Mould cultural expression and inclusion; creation of Lesotho content and performance excellence, sustainability of cultural expression and participation, preservation of Lesotho's heritage, and access and participation in cultural life. Promote intercultural understanding, community development and capacity-building, and participation in community life.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 


Infrastructure development in the form of the NUL Innovation Hub, Vodacom Innovation Hub, The Hub at Morija, PISA centres nationwide, Morija Arts centre, museums, information centres, Copyright society, as well as various empowerment programs.

Training workshops
Trainings and workshops undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (MTEC)
* The Creative Industrial Empowerment Project (CIEP) initiated in 2015 created international markets for crafts and has had 25 beneficiaries (CCI companies) thus far.
* 45 companies were trained under this program, with 20 of them already exporting their products
* 2 Arts, Culture and Innovation Festivals in the past 5 years

* 4 internationals expos in the past 5 years,
* 30 flea markets and exhibitions in the past 5 years

Exchange programs
* cultural exchange programs
*The Ministry of Development Planning has established an investment lab where CCI has been given the opportunity to take part.
*The Arts, Culture and Innovation Festival spending by the government was over M500, 000.00

*Mantsopa festival; film screenings, performing arts, poetry, icon awards, creating a database of literary works

*20 performing artists have been sent to China and India (government spend M300, 000.00 per 2 years) for skills development and cultural exchange programs.
* Chinese troops have visited Lesotho to offer vocational training in the creative sector over the past 9 years, with an annual budget of M50, 000.00.
* The ministry contributed M250,000 per year for 4 years to the Morija Arts and Cultural Festival

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

It is difficult to say as this data was not immediately available in an organised manner.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Media houses
Private Sector
Morija Museum and Archives
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Telecomm companies
Private Sector
Lesotho Communications Authority
Public Sector
Tertiary institutions
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
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