UNESCO's Participation Programme is designed to provide direct assistance to initiatives undertaken by Member States in the Organization's fields of competence, in line with priorities determined by the countries themselves, with proposals submitted via UNESCO National Commissions. The funds are modest (up to a maximum of US$26,000 granted for national project requests, with about six projects per country in each biennium, and up to US$46,000 for regional submissions). But UNESCO is not a funding agency. And support at these sorts of level may often be easier to assimilate than higher orders of financial contribution.
As an ensemble, Participation Programme projects touch on many of the technical fields and areas of concern addressed in the Mauritius Strategy, including Culture, as reflected in this sampling of projects approved or being carried out from January 2005 onwards.*
- Aruba. Publication of classical plays in Papiamento by Aruban writers.
- Bahamas. Exhibitions at the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation.
- Barbados. Faculty and programme development in the visual performing arts. Development of inventory system for historic sites and monuments.
- British Virgin Islands. National heroes – BVI heritage. African ethnic and cultural heritage of the black population of the BVI.
- Cape Verde. History of the theatre in Cape Verde. Inventory of composers and musicians.
- Comoros. Travelling exhibit of natural and cultural heritage of Comoros.
- Cook Islands. Oral heritage preservation project (Stage II). Catalysts for creativity music package.
- Cuba. Expeditions, explorers and voyageurs in the Caribbean. Eighth World Festival of Children's Theatre (regional project).
- Cyprus. Restoration and rehabilitation of Medieval Royal Manor of Potamia. Research on the social status of the Cypriot artist. Preparation of master plan for sites of Agios Georgios and Palaion Demarcheoin.
- Dominican Republic. Artisanal jewellery: training and production.
- Fiji. Pacific meeting of heads of cultural agencies and directors of museums. Income-generation for women and youth using the medium of culture and arts.
- Grenada. Book on Grenada's veterans in the First and Second World Wars.
- Haiti. 'A l'assaut de l'histoire' project. Reinforcement and upgrading of Museum of Haitian Art.
- Jamaica. Facilitating access by the visually-impaired to cultural heritage material.
- Malta. Roman Domus conservation project.
- Marshall Islands. Preparation of a book on 'Youth and culture in the Marshall Islands'. Traditional Marshallese music preservation and restoration project. Workbooks and manuals for woodworking/carpentry and canoe-building.
- Mauritius. Restoration project, National Archives Department.
- Micronesia, Federated States of. Publication of 'Mehj, Mehj: The Mwoakilloa Book'.
- Netherlands Antilles. Exhibition of contemporary women artists. International conference on Creole languages.
- Niue. Niue culture and language resource development. Niue culture and language curriculum development.
- Palau. Perpetuating traditional navigation and canoeing.
- Papua New Guinea. University of Goroka cultural heritage studies project.
- St Kitts & Nevis. Training of trainers in dance.
- St Lucia. Recalling slavery in St Lucia: the story of war and resistance.
- St Vincent & the Grenadines. ' House of Hope Society'.
- Samoa. 'Measina Samoa' Third International Conference, National University of Samoa.
- Solomon Islands. National cultural development policy. Language revitalization project.
- Tokelau. Technical assistance for national cultural policy.
- Tonga. Training for monolingual dictionary.
- Trinidad & Tobago. 'Banwari Trace' – a look into the past. 'Up from slavery' – struggle, transformation, action. Caribbean Slave Route.
- Tuvalu. Development of Tuvalu cultural policy, Funafuti.
- Vanuatu. Documentation of indigenous languages.
* Information culled from a list of approved 2004-2005 Participation Programme projects in a document prepared for the 171st session of the UNESCO Executive Board in September 2005 (171 EX/34).