Final Presentation of results in Ghana
The Final Results Presentation Workshop of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) took place on August 26, 2013 in Accra at the UNAIDS Country Office.
Coordinated and organized thanks to the joint efforts of the UNESCO Office in Accra and the individuals of Heritage Development, the workshop was attended by 60 representatives from key public institutions and ministries, international development partners, UN agencies, research institutes, civil society and the media.
The workshop was the occasion to present the final results of the CDIS in Ghana and engage participants in their analysis and interpretation, as well as to discuss their statistical merit and the necessary improvements to national statistics systems. Participants expressed a particular interest in the practical and advocacy applications of the CDIS. A discussion on the utility of such indicators to facilitate culture’s integration in national development strategies and monitoring mechanisms ensued.
As Ghana is currently in the process of adopting a Medium Term Development Policy Framework for 2014-2017, the moment is ripe for the wealth of knowledge and data that has resulted from implementing the CDIS in the country. Participants recognized the potential of the CDIS as a tool to create dialogue between key culture and development actors and advocate for the better integration of culture in the new development policy framework.
In addition, the facts and figures generated by the CDIS have led to ongoing discussions between UN agencies present during the workshop. UN colleagues present from the UNIC, UNAIDS and the ILO, recognized the need to address culture in development projects and programmes, and have committed to working to integrate culture in the next UNDAF for Ghana.