The MDG-F in action


  • Community-based cultural tourism fostered to create jobs, enhance the tourism sector and reassert cultural identity: 4 pilot cultural tourism tours set up, benefiting 72 community-based cultural tour providers
  • Diversified employment opportunities created for 72 cultural service providers through the establishment of new cultural tourism tours in Mozambique Island and Inhambane City.


  • Capacity-building and new market opportunities created: for example, actors in the cultural industries value chain identified and capacitated through trainings in product design, quality control, marketing, accounting and business planning, thereby creating market linkages for 568 artisans (mainly in pottery, weaving and leather production), 60 tourism service providers, 59 culture professionals and 15 artists
  • Enhanced incomes in the cultural industries through comprehensive technical trainings and entrepreneur skill development of artisans, the creation of new Living Culture Resource Centres and the development of strategies for the paint and music sub-sectors, enabling artisans to generate better quality products, demand higher sales prices and benefit from improved market opportunities


  • Support provided to cultural ventures run by women: 7 home-hospitality women-run businesses opened; placement programmes organised for trainees to transfer their knowledge on the production of home appliances and light fixtures to women associations in remote areas; new networks established between women associations and national galleries to market their products


  • Assisted with the implementation of intercultural public health policy, which included the publication of the Technical Guide for Culturally Appropriate Childbirth (2008) and a project entitled “Development and Cultural Diversity” aimed at giving impetus to indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian cultural enterprises. This project strengthened 28 sustainable culture enterprises and benefited 9,000 people. 
  • Population development was given impetus by providing assistance to 27 cultural enterprises in the fields of crafts, literature, music and cultural tourism (among others), achieving an economic impact.


  • 400 businesses benefited from seed capital or soft loans, including indigenous and Afro-Honduran ventures. 
  • Establishment of 50 InfoCultura centres in rural areas to disseminate and promote artistic and cultural activities.


  • Business incubation of 25 companies in the cultural sector, making an economic impact. 
  • Capacity-building in the sector, through 44 training courses in cultural management for entrepreneurs and training in design for 80 craftspeople, making an economic impact. 
  • The project strengthened the management capacity of 627 workers in cultural industries and 341 craftspeople. Moreover, it gave technical and economic support to 36 ventures.


  • Increased income from cultural activities; new cultural ventures promoted through mentorship programmes, support for design development, support to performing arts in all four provinces, and the establishment of  cultural centres focused on Indigenous Peoples’ culture and support to the future Preah Vihear Museum;
  • Capacities and skills of artisans, particularly handicraft producers, have been strengthened by training, new commercialization opportunities, and higher-quality business development services; 
  • Commercial networks for trading cultural goods have been strengthened in order to promote access to local, national and international markets.
  • More than 900 artisan individuals, mostly artists, creators, and producers living in the targeted provinces, were direct beneficiaries of the project. 67% of these were women and over 87% were from indigenous groups. 
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