Creative Industries Support Programme

© UNESCO/Pisey Pech - Basket maker

The Creative Industries Support Programme (CISP) is designed to preserve and promote Cambodia’s cultural heritage with a strong focus on Cambodian indigenous peoples. The project aims to support and build better livelihoods among the poor in the most remote areas of four provinces, and to cast a spotlight on the dynamic indigenous cultural heritage.

Purpose of Programme

The CISP is designed to preserve and promote Cambodia’s cultural heritage, resulting in expanded cultural programmes and better livelihoods among poor artisans and artists living in remote rural areas, with a strong focus Indigenous people and women. The programme encourages indigenous artisans and artists to retain their traditions, many of which are endangered, through increased commercialization of handicrafts. It capitalizes on people’s existing livelihoods and fights poverty by strengthening entrepreneur skills, market networks and commercialization of cultural products and services. It focuses on handicrafts, especially textile weaving, bamboo rattan basketry and indigenous jars and pottery, while including also a component on performing arts. Additionally, the CISP also provides capacity building to cultural officers, designs/sponsors the establishment of cultural centers and promotes research publications.

The CISP is a joint programme involving four UN agencies: the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a lead agency, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The programme focuses on remote areas in Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces. It aims to improve the capacity of national institutions to preserve and develop Cambodia's cultural heritage and living arts, to improve employment opportunities and income generation in the creative industries, to improve the commercialization of local cultural products and services, and to empower women and indigenous peoples.

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