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. In July, the Organisation brought together in Niamey, Niger various partners to strengthen and better coordinate policy and technical advice and the administration of training sessions.
As part of UNESCO’s EU-funded Technical Assistance programme to strengthen the governance of culture in developing countries, two experts Mr Francisco d'Almeida and Mr Jordi Baltà Portolés are working with the Niger Agency of the Promotion of Cultural Industries and Businesses, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture of Niger and the Banking Professionals Association to train national ministry employees and cultural entrepreneurs in project design, management and fundraising. The aim of this national project is to assist the country in its efforts to expand and develop cultural-industry support activities and resources throughout Niger. In particular the project will seek to improve and introduce access to national and international funding mechanisms and schemes.
A two-year capacity building initiative to train artists and members of government is also being carried out by the Organisation. UNESCO’s project Building the Capacities of Niger’s Culture Sector, financed by the Japanese Government ($200,000) will train artists and government employees in entrepreneurship and stage writing and directing. Since 2011 this project has provided training for 100 artists, musicians, choreographers, animators and managers. A second level of capacity building training has also targeted 30 managers from the Ministry of Culture to support their efforts in implementing the country’s ten-year Cultural Development Plan to strengthen the cultural and creative industries.
UNESCO is also working with the Organisation of La Francophonie and the Niger, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, as part of a four-year cooperation plan to consolidateand strengthen the cultural industries in Niger. The plan aims to support the country in its efforts to create and implement policies and measures that encourage the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of cultural goods and services. The initiative seeks to strengthen the system of governance, diversify and increase financial opportunities, professionalize the cultural sector and demonstrate the social, economic and political benefits of including culture in the national development process.
UNESCO’s Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in Africa is part of a long-term strategic investment to provide countries with the tools, capacities and expertise they need to implement the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and to develop effective policies for their cultural and creative sectors. The Programme targets key areas requiring specialized technical support by developing tailor-made solutions that meet national needs and contexts.