EU-UNESCO Expert Facility in the Field of Culture

EU-UNESCO Expert Facility in the Field of Culture

Le Quartier des Spectacles Montréal, 2012

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‘Evidence shows that cultural and creative industries are major drivers of economies.’ – Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO


It is the European Union’s first global project with UNESCO dedicated to helping developing countries enforce the principles and objectives of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The 2005 Convention, ratified by the EU in 2006, encourages governments to introduce cultural policies and measures that nurture creativity, facilitate access and participation of creators in domestic and international marketplaces, and ensure that there is a balanced flow of cultural goods and services globally.

Through the establishment of an international high level Expert Facility, conducting 37 technical assistance missions in 13 countries (2010-2016), this project demonstrates the opportunities for sustainable development offered by the cultural and creative industries and contributes towards building capacities of government authorities in policy design.

Key results include the adoption of the National Cultural Policy in Cambodia, the creation of a new audiovisual industry and global production hub of Spanish-language content for children in Argentina, bringing Kenyan art to new audiences through online marketplaces, the introduction of culture in Burkina Faso’s educational system, and also a National Strategy for the Creative Industries in Vietnam.

Geographic scope: Argentina, Barbados, Malawi, Kenya, Honduras, Niger, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Haiti, Mauritius, Seychelles, Cambodia, The Democratic Republic of Congo.



2010 - 2016

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EU-UNESCO expert facility in the Field of Culture contributed towards:

  • SDG 1: 1.5 million euros mobilized through the EU Thematic programme “Investing in People” 54% of projects in Africa 31% in Small Island Developing States
  • SDG 4 : In Burkina Faso, over 40% of programmes in education curricula for primary and secondary schools revised to include arts and culture
  • SDG 5 : In Malawi, 6 training sessions held to advance skills development for women cultural entrepreneurs
  • SDG 8 : Over 20 policies and plans designed to support the growth of the cultural and creative industries and training for cultural entrepreneurs
  • SDG 17 : 1 innovative global partnership leading to multistakeholder cooperation platforms in 13 developing countries
  • SDG 16 : Over 1800 stakeholders representing governmental institutions, private sector and civil society worked together to design new cultural and creative industry policies
  • SDG 12: 62% of the national policy strategies and frameworks adopted address the strengthening of local cultural industries and products
  • SDG 9 : 77% of projects helped consolidate infrastructures to strengthen local cultural and creative industry value chains and markets
  • SDG 10 : 30% of the projects increased cultural professionals’ access to digital technologies



This project is funded by the European Union’s Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO).

Additional resources

Report: Impact and achievements of the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project