Final Presentation Workshop in Swaziland
The Final Presentation Workshop of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) took place on November 26, 2013 in Lobamba at the King Sobhuza II Park.
Organized by the Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), with the support of the Swaziland National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Windhoek Office, the workshop was attended by 38 representatives from key public institutions and ministries, universities, civil society and non-governmental organizations.
During the workshop, the final results of the CDIS were presented and participants were invited to discuss their significance in the Swaziland context, as well as to discuss the technical aspects of their construction. The presentation of these results generated a dynamic debate. Participants acclaimed that the CDIS opened their eyes to a new way to see culture as a much larger sector that was profoundly connected to various issues of development, and the need to approach such issues in a holistic manner. The CDIS being a first exercise in cultural statistics at the national level, participants recognized the interest for pursuing such work further in the future and establishing partnerships between key stakeholders such as the Central Statistics Office, government bodies in charge of culture and traditional chiefs.
As Swaziland is currently in the process of debating the National Arts and Culture Council Bill in Parliament, which if adopted will be the first national framework law on culture, the time is right for the CDIS to change perceptions of culture and development through the use of facts and figure. Such data will also assist in the better integration of culture in medium-term national development strategies and advocating for the pursuit of improved national statistical systems.