Creative Economy Working Group

Twaweza Communications Ltd
The GoDown Arts Centre
The BookBunk Trust
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
The Creative Economy Working Group ( CEWG) is a network of civil society organisations in Kenya. The goal of CEWG is to promote creativity, innovation and the diversity of the cultures of the people of Kenya as drivers of community well-being, social development and economic growth. CEWG believes that this goal can be realized through the development of facilitation policies and legal instruments and the establishment of strong and innovative institutions. Therefore, the network works closely with state and non-state institutions in policy reform, safeguarding cultural diversity and protection of artistic freedom. The network has been involved in the development of the Kenya National Cultural Policy, the National Kiswahili Council Bill; the Music Policy; the Film Policy; the Copyright amendment Act; the Tradition Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act, the Draft National Intellectual Property Policy; review of the Kenya Cultural Centre Act; among other policy and legal instruments. The network has organized numerous forums on the cultural and creative industries in order to identify gaps and provide capacity development. At the regional level, the network contributed to the enactment of the East African Community Cultural and Creative Industries Act (2016). To increase and share knowledge, the network publishes Jahazi: an arts, culture and performance journal and the online platform
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
The engagement with government public institutions has led to the development of a National Culture Policy and Bill, which are aligned to the Constitution of Kenya. The engagement has also led to the drafting of a Draft National Kiswahili Council Policy and Bill, the enactment of the Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act; the Copyright Amendment Act and draft policies on languages of Kenya. Moreover, the networks advocacy work has enhanced the status of the creative sector and built vital networks between industry and educational institutions
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)