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5 August 2011

Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries : First round of technical assistance missions

Technical Assistance

This UNESCO expert facility project is funded by the European Union and contributes to the implementation of the 2005 Convention. It aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countries and reinforce the role of culture as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The project involves technical assistance missions to be undertaken by top specialists in the field of cultural policies chosen from a pre-selected pool of experts.

The assistance is based on the needs and priorities identified by beneficiary countries through an application procedure and endeavours to support them in their efforts to:

- establish legal, regulatory and/or institutional frameworks necessary to develop the culture sector in their country; and

- introduce policies that address the role of culture in social and economic development, particularly through the cultural industries.

Following the open calls for application, the City of Buenos Aires, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Seychelles will be the first beneficiaries of technical assistance missions. Selected by the project’s Steering Committee, the applications demonstrated institutional, political and financial commitment to the activities benefiting from technical assistance.

Buenos Aires

The City of Buenos Aires is seeking technical assistance in order to develop strategies and policies that will develop both creative entrepreneurship and international trade in cultural goods and services, particularly in the audiovisual sector. The mission will support the on-going growth of cultural industries in the city while taking into account the legislation that has recently come into force concerning audiovisual production.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo applied for technical assistance in order to develop a cultural policy implementing the 2005 Convention that helps foster and promote cultural industries, notably in the music sector. Complementing current and past activities carried out in this domain, the mission will help to set up a specific legal and regulatory framework, creating an enabling environment for cultural industries to develop and thrive.


The technical assistance requested by the Seychelles will help draft a creative industries policy, aimed at economic growth, employment creation, development of cultural goods and services and the promotion of culture as the fourth pillar of the country’s economy. Principally focused on the music, arts and digital sectors, it reflects the country’s current activities and objective towards the creation of favourable conditions for the development of small cultural businesses and entrepreneurs.

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