Supporting equityand optimizing the economic contribution of arts and culture
- 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.”
- Promote mutual understanding and tolerance of all cultures in Namibia.
- Optimize the economic contribution of arts and culture.
- 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.
- Encourage the government, the private sector and many different cultural organizations and interest groups to collaborate in optimizing the use of resources.
- 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.
- Encourage all bodies with interest in heritage to prioritize research.
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.