Supporting equityand optimizing the economic contribution of arts and culture

Where
Namibia
When
2012
Who
Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture
The National Arts Council
College of the Arts
National Museum of Namibia
National Art Gallery of Namibia
John Muafangejo Art Center
National Art Gallery of Namibia
National Heritage Council
Key objectives of the measure:
  1. Ensure that the constitutional right is guaranteed, as provided for in article 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia that says that: “Every person shall be entitled to enjoy, practice, profess, maintain and promote any culture, language, tradition or religion, subjectto the terms of this Constitution and further subject to the condition that the rights protected by this Article do not impinge upon the rights of others or the national interest.”
  2. Promote mutual understanding and tolerance of all cultures in Namibia.
  3. Optimize the economic contribution of arts and culture.
  4. Foster a symbolic relationship between our artists and the industries which gain from them be it in crafts, advertising, exhibitions or tourism, and in all areas of design.
  5. Encourage the government, the private sector and many different cultural organizations and interest groups to collaborate in optimizing the use of resources.
  6. Encourage all bodies working with the arts and culture to actively create opportunities for different cultural traditions and manifestations to be exposed and explained to one another.
  7. Encourage all bodies with interest in heritage to prioritize research.
Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National
Main feature of the measure:

It was conducted through the activities generated under the National Development Plan Two (NDP2) with the objective to raise awareness at both leadership and the grassroots levels. The principle was further integrated in the Medium Term Plan (MTP) with the appropriately allocated human and financial resources to ensure smooth implementation of the policy.

Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:

Bringing all major stakeholders to the understanding that culture forms the basis for development - whether social, political or economic.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

US $50,000.00

Indicators used to determine impact:
Strong processes and networks were built around the stakeholders that include: Organizations/Ministries/Agencies (O/M/A). Traditional authorities independently managed national arts and culture institutions, artists and their organizations, the media, nongovernmental and civic organizations, churches, the private sector and international partner organizations.Indicator: Number of institutions/organizations involved in the promotion and development of arts and culture.The major intervention areas for all projects were policy development, training, institution building, establishment of school culture clubs for development, developing legislation, holding festivals and doing research.Indicators: Number of policies developed; number of arts and culture centers built; number of school culture clubs established; the frequency and number of culture festivals held.Establishing a strong foundation of education in the arts and culture.Indicator: arts and culture subjects are taught in lower primary school phase as a compulsory subject; more schools have arts and culture as extra mural activities.Promoting a thriving arts and culture industry that addresses, inter alia, unemployment. Indicator: Number of arts and culture practitioners generating an income from the sector.Integration of culture in tourism policies.Indicator: Number of meetings and workshops held to integrate arts and culture in the tourism policies; individual tourism operators using arts and culture activities and objects to promote their industry.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Distribution
Participation