Project on UNESCO’s Culture for Development Indicators

Croatian Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Culture with the support of the UNESCO Regional Office in Venice
Key objectives of the measure:

The key objective is contributing to better positioning of culture in planning and implementing economic development and development of capacities for the achievement of new statistical standards for the purpose of connecting culture and development.

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

Culture for Development Indicators (hereinafter: CDIS) show the stimulating and leading role of culture in sustainable development. Thanks to its innovative methodology, this instrument of advocacy and policy through facts and figures examines the multidimensional relationship between culture and development. The analysis of seven key dimensions of culture and development, through the assessment of 22 key indicators, responds to the needs and circumstances of both low and middle income countries. The wealth of quantitative data generated through the implementation of CDIS promotes better informed cultural policies and the integration of culture in development strategies, thus contributing to the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The CDIS methodology is the result of four years of research process (2009 - 2013). By the end of 2015, it was tested and implemented in 12 countries around the world, demonstrating its potential of impact on policy. New data generated by applying CDIS not only contribute to the inclusion of culture in development strategies but also detect flaws in cultural statistics and monitoring systems and hence are one of the key indicators of the direction of the way of development of new statistical standards. The results obtained using CDIS point to the fact that Croatia has already put a lot of effort in terms of European integration and harmonization of the national statistical systems with European standards.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

13.000 EUR from UNESCO Venice Office and 2000 EUR approx Ministry of Culture

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)