Culture for Development Indicators

The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) is a pioneering research and advocacy initiative that aims to establish a set of indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development at the national level fostering economic growth, and helping individuals and communities to expand their life choices and adapt to change. This project contributes to the implementation of Article 13 (Integration of Culture in Sustainable Development) of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Financed by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the project runs from 2009 to 2013 and combines research, implementation test phases in up to 12 countries from all regions and expert meetings in order to ensure the pertinence and credibility of the first culture for development indicators.


Latest Update 2015:

CDIS tools and results are now published!

Final Results, Global CDIS Database, Analytical Briefs, Technical Reports, Methodology Manual, Implementation Toolkit are now available on our new website:

Country tests: Second phase (2012 - 2013)

Technical workshop

Presentation of the results

Country tests: First phase (2011-2013)

Technical workshop

Presentation of the results

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