Presentation Workshop in Swaziland
On October 18, 2013 the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) was officially launched in Mbabane, Swaziland.
Organized by a team of local consultants, with the support of the Swaziland National Commission for UNESCO, the Swaziland National Trust Commission and the UNESCO Windhoek Office, the workshop was attended by over 30 representatives from key public institutions and ministries. The workshop’s presentations and discussions were an opportunity to assess the potential of the CDIS in Swaziland and to establish working partnerships for future collection of data and analysis.
Stakeholders showed genuine interest and support for the CDIS in Swaziland, recognizing the gaps in cultural statistics and the need for this type of information for the better integration of culture in development strategies and to secure the necessary funding for the maintenance and growth of the sector. Participants have high hopes for the potential of the CDIS and claimed that such an initiative was long overdue.
Key outcomes of the workshop include the identification of relevant data sources for the construction of the CDIS indicators and the commitment of present stakeholders to collaborate with local consultants.
Local consultants, UNESCO Windhoek, and the UNESCO CDIS Unit will continue to work with the participants of the workshop in order to complete the CDIS indicators and analyze the results. A final workshop for the presentation of Swaziland’s results will take place on November 26, 2013.