5 new projects in Africa get funding from the IFCD

The Intergovernmental Committee approved 5 projects to be implemented in 4 African countries. Projects cover a wide range of activities – from capacity-building and cultural mapping to policy analysis and development, as well as entrepreneurship support and cultural industries consolidation. More

Capacity-building workshop on the Convention in Dakar

In partnership with the NGO Culture et Développement, UNESCO is carrying out a 5-day capacity-building workshop for 15 African policy specialists on core areas of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More

Building an audiovisual market in Cameroon

Boosting access to regional audiovisual material, the Cameroonian Association to Promote Audiovisual and Live Performance (APPAS) has created the first database of central African cinematographic and audiovisual productions. The initiative offers an innovative channel for producers and broadcasters to distribute or access quality audiovisual works. The non-governmental organization’s initiative was funded by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity. More

Meet the creative producers reviving Madagascar’s iconic textile for a new generation

An innovative partnership between local artists and a non-government organization (NGO) recently helped breathe new life into Madagascar’s most well-known, but ailing local textile-based creative industry - lambahoany. National production of the lambahoany – the iconic fabric of Malagasy society – has been in decline since the 1990s. This is partly due to cheaper colorful imports. The partnership set out to revive the lambahoany for a new generation and new markets. More

Expert Interview – The Creative Economy in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe there has been a growing recognition of the importance of cultural industries. There are a number of Zimbabwean artists that have earned a deserved reputation for being professional and dedicated. The country also has a flair for cultural industries that has great potential to penetrate local, regional and international markets and make substantial economic returns but government support programmes for the development of these industries have been very few. More


AFAI hosts UNESCO Cultural Experts This Week

The event is reported to be one of the key components of UNESCO's Capacity-Building Programme of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The programme is being piloted in Africa in order to support the implementation of the 2005 Convention at national level and to boost the potential of the dynamic cultural sector for sustainable development in the region. Read More


Workshop on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention in Burundi (15-17 October)

The UNESCO office in Bujumbura and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi are organising a second capacity-building workshop on the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Read More

Fair play for Beninese musicians

Benin’s cultural scene is vibrant, and music percolates into the everyday lives of people. Small recording studios and music clubs have been popping up around the capital of Cotonou in the last ten years. Influenced by the pulsating sounds of Ghanaian and Congolese artists, Beninese musicians fuse traditional folk with an impressive variety of music, including reggae, hip-hop, funk, jazz, brass band, choral, gospel, cabaret, and rhythm and blues, among others. Read more


32 African Experts Selected to Take part in Capacity-Building Programme

32 African experts on cultural and creative industries’ policies have been selected to take part in the 2005 Convention's Capacity-Building Programme in Africa. Over the coming months, they will take part in distance training and five-day intensive workshops on core topics of the 2005 Convention in Capetown, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal. More


AFAI to host UNESCO pool of experts in Cape Town during October

In a project initiated and launched by UNESCO, a pool of thirty African experts, will attend a one-week workshop on core areas of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, including its implementation, operational activities and key related policy-making tools and skills.

Two workshops are foreseen, one in English and one in French.  The English workshop will be implemented by the African Arts Institute (AFAI) and facilitated by its executive director, Mike van Graan. It will take place at the South Africa Centre for the Netherlands and Flanders (SASNEV) in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 to 26 October 2012. A French workshop will be implemented by Culture et Développement, in Dakar, Senegal, from 26 to 30 November 2012. 

The Programme is supported by the UNESCO Emergency Fund as part of a Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in Africa. More



Working Together to Support the Cultural Industries in Niger

With the aim of effectively implementing the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and as part of a Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in Africa, UNESCO is working together with partners to build the capacities of the culture sector in Niger and strengthen its cultural industries. More


Call for Experts (Closed)

This Call for Expressions of Interest is issued by UNESCO in order to solicit applications from African experts to join the 2005 Convention Pool of Experts. A maximum of 30 candidates will be selected (15 French speaking, 15 English speaking). Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Selected experts will receive a five-day intensive training on the 2005 Convention and its implementation at the national level in Africa.  More


Information Session in Cote d'Ivoire for 28 National Comissions

On 8 June 2012, a hands-on practical training session for African National Commissions on the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions took place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The session was organized as part of UNESCO’s Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in Africa. More


Burkina Faso: Making art and culture education a reality

In May 2012, two experts, Bernard Boucher (Canada) and Hector Schargorodsky (Argentina) met and consulted the different stakeholders involved with cultural and artistic education: the Ministers for Education and Literacy, for Secondary and Higher Education, and for Culture and Tourism; directors of higher education institutions; representatives of public training institutions, museums and schools; personalities from the Burkina Faso cultural scene; and representatives of international cooperation organisations working in the field of culture and/or education in the country.  More


Expert Mission: Professionalization of the culture sector

Bernard Boucher (Canada) and Francisco D’Almeida (Togo) were selected by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assist in setting up a comprehensive legal and regulatory policy framework. More


Theatre Residencies Completed in Chad

From 3 October to 10 November 2011, the International Theatre Institute carried out a theatre residency for young actors from Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic on the creation of short theatrical pieces. 

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The UNESCO emergency fund is supporting a pilot initiative in 2012 to develop local expertise, enhance cooperation and share information in Africa. Donate now.

The Programme is part of a long-term strategic investment to provide countries with the tools, capacities and expertise they need to implement the Convention and to develop effective policies for their cultural and creative sectors.  More

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor Fund established to support projects and programmes that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector.  More

This UNESCO expert facility project aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countriesThe European Union funded project involves technical assistance missions undertaken by top specialists in the field of cultural policies.  More

The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite is a pioneering research and advocacy initiative that aims to establish a set of indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development. More

Arterial Network is a dynamic network dedicated to a vibrant and sustainable African creative civil society sector. More

Points of contact are responsible for sharing information on the Convention within their territories. More

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UNESCO Emergency Fund

Building local capacity to implement the 2005 Convention is a priority. The UNESCO emergency fund is supporting a pilot initiative in 2012 to develop local expertise, enhance cooperation and share information in the region.  By June 2012, 37 African States have ratified the 2005 Convention. Donate now.

With the support of

  • Burkina Faso: making art and culture education a reality

    The mission of the Expert Facility is to integrate art and culture modules into school curricula. More


    Democratic Republic of the Congo: harnessing the cultural industries

    Enable different sectors to grow and fully reach their potential for sustainable development. More


    Kenya: IT and business training for musicians and artists

    Improve the sustainability and competitiveness for the country's cultural industries. More


    Malawi: focus on cultural management and entrepreneurship

    Set up a cultural entrepreneurship training programme for cultural operators. More


    Mauritius: delivery, quality and entrepreneurship

    Improve the administration and management of the cultural sector to support artists.  More


    Niger: create a network of trainers

    Assist cultural entrepreneurs in project design, project management and fundraising. More




    Broadening opportunities for indigenous people in Kenya's cultural industries

    Prove that indigenous cultural expressions are a crucial component of the country’s creative sector. More


    Malawi: preparatory assistance to grow the cultural industries

    Elaborate, through a workshop and stakeholder consultations, an IFCD project proposal on strengthening Malawi’s cultural industries. More


    Mozambique: youth employment in the cultural industries

    Promote employment opportunities in the cultural industries for young people by training a cohort of entrepreneurs. More


    Niger: Professionalization of the copyright sector

    Ensure that authors and their investors fully grasp the basic legal concepts and can thus ensure proper exploitation of their works. More


    Senegal: FUTUR ACADEMY

    Build the capacities of directors of cultural organizations locally in order to implement and monitor cultural policies both locally and nationally. More


    South Africa: micro businesses related to carnivals and festivals

    Build a dynamic recycled arts micro-business environment revolving around festivals and carnivals.  More


    Togo: decentralize cultural policy

    Promote creative industries and build their capacities as drivers of sustainable development. More


    Zimbabwe: Measuring the economic contribution of the cultural industries

    Collect data on the creative industries, followed by processing and analysis to better understand their impact on the economy. More