Strengthening minority-language publishing industries in Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria and Serbia.

PEN International (INGO)
IFCD Funding: US$ 100,000 | Timeline: March 2014 – May 2015

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project aims to reinforce national and regional cultural policies related to the publishing sector in Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria and Serbia and to strengthen the minority-language publishing in these countries.

Project leader: PEN International

PEN International is an international NGO committed to the promotion of literature and freedom of expression

Expected results

  • The publishing industry in Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria and Serbia are mapped and analysed
  • Cultural policies to promote minority-language publishing industries are introduced and strengthened
  • The publishing industry in the abovementioned countries is strengthened 
  • A network of writers, publishers, policy-makers and academics working in the minority-language publishing industry is established

Main activities

  • Carrying out an 11-month mapping exercise to review and analyse the major challenges of the minority-language publishing industry and policy gaps affecting the cultural industry in these countries.
  • Developing a strategy based on the recommendations made to cultural policy-makers with the purpose of introducing and/or strengthening cultural policies in the publishing sector.
  • Providing expert advice, direct training and capacity-building support to PEN Centres in Haiti, Kenya and Serbia on how to promote minority-language publishing and develop the sector.
  • Organizing three national meetings and one regional meeting to engage and promote an active participation of key stakeholders in the sector.

How does this project contribute to the implementation of the 2005 Convention?

  • Contributes to evidence-based cultural policy-making to promote minority-language publishing industry in Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria and Serbia – both the mapping exercise and the submission of recommendations to cultural policy-makers are instrumental in ensuring effective policy interventions to develop a competitive and dynamic local publishing industry.
  • Fosters cooperation and partnership building among key actors in the publishing industry – the participation and involvement of a broad array of stakeholders across sectors cooperating in a mutually beneficial manner is encouraged throughout the project activities.
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