Policy guide to develop cultural and creative industries

This guide presents in a simple and practical manner ways and means to develop and support a local creative economy movement in developing countries.

It is intended for use as resource for policy makers at the national and local level and covers the different stages of designing and implementing cultural and creative industry policies. It presents concepts and practical suggestions that are needed to go from strategies of cultural and creative industry policy to actual implementation.

It facilitates quick and easy access to the various areas of policy intervention : legal and regulatory, training and education, funding, infrastructure development, investments, competition and innovation, market access and development. 

It also contains exercises, question and answer sections, case studies, worksheets, graphs, a full bibliography and a glossary. The guide has been published in Spanish and French. The English version will be available soon. 

The guide is divided into three parts:

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Section 1 - Strategic Planning

The first section contains suggestions on methodologies and recommendations in relation to policy planning in the cultural and creative industries.

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Section 2 - An Operational Plan

The second section of the guide details the various areas of policy intervention. Section two covers aspects of: the legal framework for the creative industries, training and education, funding and financial considerations, infrastructure and investment, competition and innovation and market access and development.

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Section 3 - References

The last part of the guide is a reference section with practical information and data. The section includes an updated glossary, bibliography and web resources.

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Full report

This guide represents a decade’s worth of the most important and representative initiatives from around the world in the field of cultural and creative industry theory and policy development. It is the first of many tools being developed by UNESCO that aims to unite cultural practitioners around a common approach to culture and development. We look forward to receiving your feedback and welcome your participation in our growing community of practice.

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Presentation of the guide at the Argentine Cultural Industries Market

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