» Launch of the 2005 Convention Capacity-Building Programme in Africa
18.10.2012 - Culture Sector

Launch of the 2005 Convention Capacity-Building Programme in Africa

From 22 to 26 October 2012, in partnership with the NGO, the African Arts Institute (AFAI), UNESCO will be carrying out a training workshop for 17 African experts on the cultural and creative industries in Cape Town, South Africa. This English-language workshop is one of the key components of the Capacity-Building Programme of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which is being piloted in Africa in order to support the implementation of the 2005 Convention at the national level and to boost the potential of the dynamic cultural sector for sustainable development in the region. A French-language workshop is planned for 15 African experts from 26 to 30 November in Dakar, Senegal, in partnership with the NGO, Culture et Développement.

The Pilot Capacity-Building Programme of the 2005 Convention will train 32 African experts this year on specific technical policy-making skills and approaches necessary for strengthening the cultural sector and effectively implementing the2005 Convention at the national level. The experts were chosen amongst close to 200 applicants after a competitive selection process. The Programme aims to provide Parties with a network of experts on the cultural and creative industries in Africa, who can support their ongoing efforts to effectively implement the 2005 Convention through targeted policy measures that foster the development of the cultural and creative industries at the national as well as the regional levels.




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