30.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Kenya reviews its legislative framework for shaping the Culture and Creative Industries

Participants of the “Capacity Building and Evaluation of the Cultural and Creative Industries Legislative Framework” Workshop, Mombasa, Kenya ©UNESCO

The Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage - State Department of Culture and Heritage, together with the Creative Economy Working Group in Kenya organized a “Capacity Building Workshop and Evaluation of the Cultural and Creative Industries Legislative Framework” from 14 to 17 July 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya.

The five-day workshop, which was opened by the Minister of Sports, Culture and Heritage,  Dr Amina C. Mohamed, aimed to create awareness and evaluate the various policies and legislation shaping the Culture and Creative Industries in Kenya with a view towards adapting the draft culture policy and draft culture bill to national needs and contexts in line with regional and international guidelines.

The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage employed a public participatory approach to reviewing the legislative framework by bringing together over seventy stakeholders from the national and county governments including semi-autonomous government agencies (SAGAs), Council of Governors and county government representatives, civil society organizations, community representatives and arts practitioners. The National Programme Officer for Culture at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa was invited to share the guidelines of the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as well as the findings and recommendations of the 2018 UNESCO Global Report: Re-Shaping Cultural Policies.

The role of the UNESCO Conventions in the field of culture in providing guidance and support towards the protection, promotion and preservation of culture in Kenya was highlighted throughout the workshop.  Through a presentation on “The Creative Economy: UNESCO’s Perspective”, Ms. Judith Ogana, UNESCO National Programme Officer for Culture, shared highlights of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression as well as the 1980 Recommendation on the Status of the Artist as vectors for advancing creativity for sustainable development.

“We appreciate UNESCO’s contribution to shaping the Cultural and Creative Industries, especially within the context of the 2005 Convention, which Kenya ratified in 2007,” said Dr. Kiprop Lagat, Director of Culture and Heritage at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage.  "The finalization of the national cultural policy and bills will be an important step forward in supporting strong systems of governance for the creation, production, distribution and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services," he added.

The Constitution of Kenya recognizes culture as the foundation of the nation and as the cumulative civilization of the Kenyan people. Culture sets the foundation for a country’s development, nurtures societal fabrics that hold the country together, while providing for economic opportunities, national cohesion and the integration of national values.

As part of the workshop, participants visited Fort Jesus, which is one of the seven inscribed UNESCO World Heritage properties in Kenya. The excursion was a chance to see the development of the sea wall being built around the Fort to preserve its walls and foundation from destruction by the strong waves from the ocean, and impending danger of sinking into the ocean due to rising sea levels brought about by climate change. The wall is being funded by the Kenya government following a feasibility study supported by UNESCO World Heritage Fund in 2015.

 

Links/URLs:

2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression,

1980 Recommendation on the Status of the Artist

Fort Jesus

The Constitution of Kenya

 

 




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