3 new projects from South East Europe get funding from the IFCD
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, at its sixth Ordinary Session (Paris, 10-14 December 2012), approved the applications submitted by 3 cultural institutions from Croatia, Montenegro and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and decided upon their financial support from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), a multi-donor Fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention with the purpose to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the Convention.
The Intergovernmental Committee approved 13 projects to be implemented in 12 developing countries for more than US$1 million in funding. Projects cover a wide range of activities – from capacity-building and cultural mapping to policy analysis and development, as well as entrepreneurship support and cultural industries consolidation. The IFCD is unique in that a majority of its funds go to support the work of non-governmental organizations working locally in the field of cultural policy and cultural industries.
The countries or INGO from South East Europe to benefit from the IFCD are Croatia for the project titled "Building the creative city: developing Zagreb's cultural industries"; Montenegro for the project "Cultural industries as drivers of development in Montenegro and the Balkans"; and finally, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for "Measuring the economic contribution of the audiovisual industry in FYROM".
Croatia ● Institute for International Relations ● State Party ● US$ 82,988
The Institute for International Relations (IMO), a prominent research institute in the fields of international relations and sustainable development in Croatia, proposes to: 1) map the potential of cultural industries in the city; 2) contribute to the formulation of cultural and economic policies in collaboration with local authorities through consultation meetings; 3) carry out capacity-building trainings and networking activities, including workshops and exchange sessions, to help implement the cultural policies adopted and 4) put in place a media campaign to enhance the visibility of Zagreb’s cultural industries.
Montenegro ● Association of Fine Arts of Montenegro ● NGO ● US$ 88,705
The Association of Fine Arts of Montenegro (AFAM) is a professional organization of artists and creators in Montenegro. Its project aims to contribute to improved working conditions for creators and proposes to improve cultural cooperation in the region by 1) developing network building activities and a study tour and 2) implementing awareness-raising activities, such as an exhibition and a roundtable, to promote the region’s cultural goods and services.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ● School of Journalism and Public Relations - UNESCO Chair in Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding ● NGO ● US$ 74,740
The School of Journalism and Public Relations – UNESCO Chair in Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, a non-profit higher education institution based in Skopje, proposes to map the audiovisual industry in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia through questionnaires and interviews with relevant stakeholders, identify best practices and innovative experiences in the sector and explore the potential of the audiovisual industry to boost local and regional development through the organization of training workshops and exchange sessions. Their ultimate goal is to use the results to inform the forthcoming National Strategic Plan for the Audiovisual Sector in the country planned for the period 2013-2014.