Seven Africans appointed to European Union/UNESCO database of cultural policy experts
mars 2011 | Divers | Interculturel/Migrations
Source : Arterial Network Media Release


Goal : formulate appropriate cultural policies
Seven Africans, including Basma El Husseiny from Egypt, Stephen Chifunyse from Zimbabwe, Youma Fall from Senegal, Franciso d’Almeida from Togo, William Codjo of Benin and South Africans Avril Joffe and Mike van Graan, Secretary General of Arterial Network, have been appointed by UNESCO and the European Union to a database of 30 technical experts to provide assistance to developing countries to help them to formulate appropriate cultural policies.

The aim of the project is to assist countries, particularly in the global south, to implement and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of theDiversity of Cultural Expressions. The pool of experts has been selected to reinforce human and institutional capacities in beneficiary countries at the national and local levels by establishing legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks necessary to develop the creative sector in those countries, and introduce policies that address the role of culture in social and economic
development, especially through the cultural industries.

The experts are drawn from Latin America (7), West and Eastern Europe (11), Africa (7), Caribbean (2), Australia (1) and Canada (2).They will gather in Rabat, Morocco 21-21 March for a training and briefing workshop, and are to be available to participate in at least one mission of up to 63 working days until 31 August 2012.

Joffe was the lead consultant in helping Arterial Network to devise its cultural policy framework for African countries, and El Husseiny and Van Graan participated in the Cultural Policy Task Group that helped to develop this framework.

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