UNESCO Phnom Penh Office organizes the 1st National Workshop on Culture for Development
UNESCO, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), launched the Culture for Development Indicator Suite (CDIS) project in 2009 to establish indicators focusing on the contribution of culture to development at the national level. Intended primarily for actors in national and international development, the UNESCO CDIS is a research and advocacy tool, which helps to clearly demonstrate the importance of culture in development processes.
Cambodia has been selected as one of the five second test phase countries thanks to recent efforts in developing Cambodia’s cultural industries and cultural policy, expressed through the country’s involvement in the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund’s Creative Industries Support Programme, as well as the UNESCO/European Union Technical Assistance in Cultural Governance Programme, among others. It is expected that establishing Indicators in Cambodia will demonstrate culture’s contribution to development by creating new statistical data, and help deepen and strengthen these important pre-existing initiatives to develop the cultural sector in the country.
The half-day national workshop which was held on 24 January 2013 officially launched the project by gathering officials from the relevant ministries, institutions, civil society and NGO representatives. This initial workshop was devoted to presenting the Indicator Suite project, its methodology and objectives, as well as preliminary results for Cambodia across five of the seven dimensions: Economy, Education, Governance, Communication and Social Participation. The workshop also served as an opportunity for the implementation team to network with the key national stakeholders that hold data which is useful to the project, and establish a work plan for the completion of its implementation. The event was held at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh.