Culture-based local development programme in Cuban municipalities

Where
Cuba
When
2016
Who
Provincial and municipal governments involved.
Key objectives of the measure:

Strengthen the capacities of municipal governments to enhance development through cultural resources.

Generate employment through the creation, production, distribution and access to cultural activities, goods and products.

Strengthen local identities and promote cultural diversity.

Stimulate citizen participation in cultural management processes.

Undertake sustainable cultural initiatives in the municipalities.

Generate economic income for cultural activity in municipalities.

Scope of the measure:
Regional
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The programme builds capacities among local government officials and the system of institutions in the territory to manage cultural processes in the municipality. The territory’s cultural potential and its contribution to the development and generation of employment and financial gain at the local level are examined. The programme provides financial and methodological support for 14 projects and initiatives in 12 municipalities in 4 provinces in the country: Villa Clara, Camagüey, Holguín and Guantánamo. The programme promotes spaces for community participation and dialogue at the municipal and community levels.

The cultural perspective is added to municipal development strategies as a pivotal tool for sustainable development. The programme contributes to the methodological conception of cultural development programmes of the Ministry of Culture in each municipality where the programme interacts.

This programme is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Introduce the concept of culture as a driver for sustainable development at the local level. Communities have the capacity to manage projects and initiatives which generate resources for their sustainability.

Decentralise the processes for generating employment and financial gain, and promote the participation of civil society in decision-making and in the social transformation processes.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

N/A

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

Biannual evaluations are made from the beginning (2013) to evaluate the implementation of the programme.

Indicators used to determine impact:
Number of jobs created disaggregated by genderEconomic income for cultural entrepreneurshipDegree of participation by age groupAccess of the people in the municipality to the cultural activities, goods and services generated by the programme.Quality and quantity of officials and groups trained in the sector.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Distribution
Participation
Production