24.01.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO mobilizes Development Partners in Tanzania to support the Culture Sector

Participants in the 16 January 2018 DPG-Culture meeting at the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam

15 representatives from embassies and national cultural centers in Tanzania participated in a meeting organized at the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam on 16 January 2018 to revive the Development Partners Group for Culture in Tanzania.

The inaugural meeting of 2018 of the Development Partners Group for Culture (DPG-Culture) was co-chaired by the Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Ms. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta and Mr. Philip Boncour, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Service at the Embassy of France to Tanzania. It aimed to revive the DPG-Culture group in order to exchange ideas for future collaboration and build on past engagements.

In her opening remarks, Ms Ndong Jatta expressed her appreciation for the past work and collaboration undertaken by the DPG-Culture. She asked the participants to think about innovative ways to come together as a force for cultural development in Tanzania. In his introduction, Mr. Boncourt, thanked Regional Director of UNESCO for her engagement in reviving the DPG Culture. He reviewed the Terms of reference for the group and recalled that a mapping of culture activities was undertaken in 2016. He suggested that an updated mapping exercise be undertaken by the group for planned or possible activities in 2018.

Numerous members raised the issue of language studies in Tanzania and the need to promote multilingualism in the national curriculum. The need to invigorate new or old cultural spaces, raise awareness of media to increase their coverage of arts and culture, and focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 for sustainable cities was also discussed. Suggested areas for collaboration among the group include support to culture policy and legislation as well as the development of cultural indicators to demonstrate the impact of culture on the economy. A copy of the new UNESCO Global Report on Re-Shaping Culture Policies on using culture for sustainable development was shared with all members of the DPG-Culture.

The members of the group agreed to meet quarterly in order to strengthen synergies for collaboration and ensure targeted support to the government’s priority areas for culture. Following the updating and finalization of the mapping exercise, the DPG-Culture intends to meet with the national authorities responsible for culture – both the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports—in order to review the planned activities and ensure a close partnership for their implementation.

Following the roundtable discussion by all members of the group, Ms. Karalyn Monteil, UNESCO Culture Programme Specialist, gave a brief overview of the Culture Programme highlighting the use of UNESCO normative instruments in the field of culture to protect and promote cultural heritage. She explained the close partnership UNESCO has established with the Tanzanian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Museums, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (focal point for World Heritage in Tanzania) and the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.

To read more about the cooperation between UNESCO and Tanzania

UNESCO Dar es Salaam website

UNESCO Re-shaping Cultural Policies, Global report 2018 




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