22.11.2012 - Culture Sector

Capacity-building on the 2005 Convention in Africa: boosting technical know-how

© Jeff Attaway

In partnership with the NGO Culture et Développement, UNESCO is carrying out a 5-day capacity-building workshop for 15 African policy specialists on core areas of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Held in the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar between the 26 and 30 November, this workshop is a key component of the 2005 Convention’s Pilot Capacity-Building Programme in Africa, focusing in 2012 on training and developing local expertise.

Conducted by professional trainers and the 2005 Convention Secretariat, the workshop will cover priority areas such as policy-making skills and approaches to strengthening the cultural and creative industries at the national and regional levels, as well as the 2005 Convention Periodic Reports.

This French-language workshop follows on from an English-language workshop that took place from 22 to 26 October 2012 in Cape town, South Africa, which was carried out in partnership with the African Arts Institute (AFAI).

In total, this year, the 2005 Convention’s Pilot Capacity-Building Programme will have provided training to 32 policy specialists. Programme participants were chosen amongst close to 200 applicants after a competitive selection process. Over one-third of participants are women.

"Africa is the region in which most countries have ratified the 2005 Convention," says Guiomar Alonso Cano, responsible for Culture in UNESCO Dakar. "This is why Africa has been selected to pilot this Programme, which aims at developing the expertise and know-how necessary to effectively implement the 2005 Convention over the medium term through the elaboration of targeted policies that can strengthen the cultural and creative industries at the national level," she adds.

The Pilot Capacity-Building Programme of the 2005 Convention is supported by UNESCO’s Emergency Fund.

Just published : Policy guide to develop cultural and creative industries (in French and Spanish only; English version soon available)

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