Strengthen capacities of relevant stakeholders in the cultural industry (National Cultural policy Priority 2, Objective 1): Establishment of a National Coalition for cultural industries
The National Coalition for Cultural industries was formed during a National Conference on Cultural industries held on 11th and 12th March, 2011 at Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe. The conference was organized by the National Commission for UNESCO in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The main purpose of the meeting was to solicit views from players in the cultural industries on how best to strengthen the cultural industries.
OBJECTIVES OF THE NATIONAL COALITION ON CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
The coalition, a team of experts and academicians in the field of culture was established:
- To assist in the review of pieces of legislation pertaining to the Cultural Sector and their enforcement.
- To ensure the inclusion of Cultural Industries as one of the priorities in the MGDS.
- To assist the revival and/or establishment of Arts and Culture venues.
- To allow the practitioners in the cultural industries have greater input to the draft national cultural policy.
- To assist in the study of the UNCTAD /UNDP report of 2008-2010 on creative economy and ensure Malawi’s inclusion in the 2012 and subsequent reports.
- To advise on the commissioning of studies on various aspects of the cultural industries and cultural entrepreneurship.
- To assist in the formulation and implementation of the language policy for education.
- To assist in the formulation and implementation of the book policy.
- To lobby for the adoption of the intellectual property policy.
- To assist in identification and implementation of programmes on capacity building in management of cultural industries.
- To strengthen collaboration and consultation between Government and stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Sector.
- To assist in the implementation of the cultural conventions, protocols and agreements, in particular the UNESCO 2003 and 2005 conventions.
The coalition has been actively involved in a number of activities that include:
- Mobilizing players in the cultural industries to apply for funds from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)
- Creating a website to serve as a platform for sharing information on the developments in the cultural industries.
- Participating in the consultative process during the ‘Expert Facility Project to Strengthen the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries’ conducted in 2012.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
The challenges include that:
- The coalition is not yet a registered entity which poses as a challenge for them to access funds from various donors
- It does not get direct funding from any institution for it to carryout its activities. as a result it fails to achieve most of its objectives