National policy on culture and heritage

Where
Kenya
When
2016
Who
Ministry responsible for culture , Department of Culture,County Governments
Key objectives of the measure:

Kenya in the last two years has been reviewing the national policy on culture and heritage. The purpose of the review has been to align it to the constitution and to the UNESCO Conventions that Kenya has ratified. The review process has engaged civil society, cultural organizations, experts and county governments. Kenya now has a final reviewed draft national culture policy. The reviewed policy outlines measures and strategies for protection and promotion of culture. The reviewed draft policy has also included emerging cultural issues such as promotion of creative industries.Further the reviewed cultural policy document provides guidelines to county governments for consideration in development of local county policies.The revised draft has factored the sustainable development goals. The implementation strategy under the revised policy requires that national and county governments ensuremulti stakeholder engagements in the planning and implementation of cultural development programmes and activities. The strategies for promotion of cultural expressions are in tandem with the principles of the 2005 UNESCO convention.

Scope of the measure:
National
Nature of the measure:
regulatory
Main feature of the measure:

The main feature of the reviewed policy on culture is proposal to establish institutional frameworks for implementaion for example the establishemnt of a national culture council and and endowment fund for culture. The policy has also prioritized action programmes and allocated disntict yet complementary roles to national government and to county governments.

Regarding the implementation strategy the policy calls for a coordinated mechanism  through engagement of the following;

  1. National government Ministry, Departments, and Agencies responsible for culture and intellectual property rights.
  2. County government departments and agencies responsible for culture
  3. Communities  and cultural  practitioners
  4. Private sector
  5. Civil Society 

The Implementation matrix has identified priority programmes by  both national governemnt  and county governments and has further identified actors that include civil society for engagement in the implementation of the policy.

The reviwed  policy has factored a monitoring and evaluation mecahnism and provided poosibe indicators  to measure  implementaion status and to guide   follow ups. 

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Mainstreaming of culture in development

- A coordinated guide on cultural development at national and county levels

-Enhanced collaboration mechanisms between the national and county governments in cultural development matters.

-Enhanced participation of citizens in cultural governance

- Promotion of national cultural expressions

- Increased partnerships and collaborations

- Increased Cultural development  programmes and activities 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Implementation of the mesaure is through the regular government budgetary allocations to national and county governments. 

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Distribution
Participation