The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) launches a call for funding requests on 21 March 2013 that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector at the national and/or local level in developing countries.
Since 2010, the IFCD is providing USD 4 million in project funding to government authorities, public institutions and NGOs in 40 countries. These projects cover a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models.
The IFCD, the fund established by the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, invests in creativity and supports projects that spark transformational change in developing countries.
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Exchange and Debate Session
Monday 10 June 2013, 10.00 to 12.00 CET
Room II, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
Beneficiaries of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity will share experiences and discuss about the opportunities their projects are opening at the local level and the impact they are achieving in developing countries.
South Africa’s Creative Opportunities
Carnivals across South Africa are a parade of creativity, as well as create scores of jobs, boost local economies and promote much needed social cohesion.
Capitalising on the events’ thriving markets, the IFCD-supported Harlequin Foundation trained a group of would-be cultural entrepreneurs to make carnival artworks using recycled materials.
Director General appeals to Parties to support the IFCD
UNESCO´s Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, appealed to the 127 Parties that have ratified the 2005 Convention to provide an annual voluntary contribution to the IFCD.
In her yearly letter sent out on 25 March, she thanked governments for their valuable contributions so far, and reminded them of the IFCD´s objectives to invest in creativity and transform societies. “Creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions are sources of employment, revenue and innovation,” Ms. Bokova said.
New Skills Energize Serbia’s Creative Sector
Serbia's cultural industries have limited access to finance and skills to jump start businesses in the creative sector.
IFCD-supported Academica launched a hands-on training programme to help bolster the sector with a strong focus on creative entrepreneurs from rural and impoverished areas.
13 new projects get funding from the IFCD
The Intergovernmental Committee approved 13 projects to be implemented in 12 developing countries for more than US$1 million in funding.
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.
The IFCD is unique in that a majority of its funds go to support the work of non-governmental organizations working locally in the field of cultural policy and cultural industries.