22.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Training of 15 African culture specialists to boost know-how about the 2005 Convention in Africa

Participants at the training workshop © UNESCO/Tine Ismaël

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.

The workshop will take place on 26-30 November 2012 in UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar.

This training 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 and the 2005 Convention Periodic Reports.

This French-language workshop follows on from an English-language workshop(hyperlink) 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.

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. More than one out of three participants are women.

"Africa is the region in which most countries have ratified the 2005 Convention," says Guiomar Alsonso Cano, responsible for Culture in UNESCO Dakar. "This is why we have selected Africa to pilot this Programme, which aims at developing the expertise and know-how necessary to effectively implement the 2005 Convention 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.

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