03.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Burkina Faso commits to the roll out of the UNESCO culture for development indicators

The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) will be officially launched for the first time in French-speaking Africa in Ouagadougou, on May 7 in partnership with the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD).

Burkina Faso is the tenth country in the world and the 3rd in Africa to participate in this pioneering applied research project that aims to establish a set of quantitative indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development at national level.

A creative hub in Burkina Faso

Since the beginning of the 90s, Burkina Faso has been committed to introduce national policy frameworks that, supported by both state and civil society, have helped to develop a vibrant and dynamic culture sector and a crossroads of important international events, of which the Panafrican Film Festival in Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the most emblematic example.

The commitment to driving forward national development is also underscored by the adoption in 2010 of the ‘Sustainable Development and Accelerated Growth Strategy’ (SCADD/2011-2015) which recognises the cultural and creative sector as one of the pillars of national development, explains Guiomar Alonso Cano, responsible for Culture Sector at UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar.

“The CDIS is a new tool for policy making in culture for development” declares Guiomar Alonso Cano. She adds, “it is a new approach to provide facts, figures and new information required to reinforce measures already undertaken and to inform new ones”.

With this new methodology, the CDIS quantifies and demonstrates the contribution of culture to development based on 7 key dimensions, including education, social participation, gender equality and economic growth. Through the cross analysis of 22 indicators, the CDIS offers national decision makers and other development actors the empirical data and the latest knowledge relating to culture and its contribution to the achievement of development objectives.

A collaborative process set in motion

Coordinated by UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar, in partnership with the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Burkina Faso and the National Institutes for Statistics and Demography (INSD), the implementation of the CDIS will begin on the 7th of May 2013 with a workshop at the Burkina Copyright Organization.

Around 50 participants are expected, including representatives of key institutions, such as government ministries, international development agencies and civil society organisations working in the culture sector.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Present the CDIS indicators and methodology
  • Establish partnerships between key organisations to collect and analyse data in a collaborative way
  • Identify relevant sources of data and establish a working plan

In the coming months, the national team, with the support of UNESCO CDIS, will complete the data mapping, construct the indicators and analyse the results. A workshop to present the results is planned for September 2013, and the Burkina Faso indicators will be inputted in the CDIS database.


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