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International Fund for Cultural Diversity: a call for projects for 2010 is launched

The call for projects for 2010 for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity has been launched. According to UNESCO,

“The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multidonor fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention. Guidelines on the use of the resources of the fund were adopted by the Conference of Parties in June 2009. This marked the beginning of the 36 month pilot phase for the fund.

The purpose of the fund is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the Convention. It does this through support for projects and activities that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector.

Through an annual application process, funds will be provided for:

1. Programs/projects that are designed to

  • facilitate the introduction of cultural policies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and, where appropriate, strengthen the corresponding institutional infrastructure;
  • provide capacity-building opportunities;
  • strengthen existing cultural industries;
  • foster the emergence of new cultural industries; and
  • protect cultural expressions at risk of extinction, under threat, or in need of urgent safeguarding.

2. Preparatory assistance activities that help to identify the special needs of developing countries that are Parties to the Convention and to assist them when preparing their requests for funding. This may include, for example, engaging in stakeholder consultations, undertaking a mapping exercise, research study, and/or situational analysis.

Deadline 1: Completed application forms must be submitted to National Commissions for UNESCO or other official channels designated by States Parties to the 2005 Convention. Applicants are to consult National Commissions for UNESCO for national deadlines. They shall review applications to ensure that projects are relevant, meet the country’s needs, and have been subject to consultation among stakeholders.

Deadline 2: National Commissions for UNESCO will then submit completed applications to the 2005 Convention Secretariat by June 30, 2010 (before midnight Paris time). Those received by the Convention Secretariat after this deadline will not be eligible for consideration in 2010.
International nongovernment organizations (INGOs) can submit applications directly to the Convention Secretariat providing that their program/project proposals are supported in writing by the States Parties concerned.”

To find more about the terms of this call for projects, visit the UNESCO website.