The first stage of the project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and seeks to strengthen cultural governance in developing countries, established a pool of cultural policy and governance experts. This pool was formed through a call for experts from which 30 experts were chosen for the diversity of their expertise, experience, and knowledge of the culture sector in developing countries.
UNESCO is now launching the project’s second phase: an international call for applications for technical assistance missions in developing countries.
The beneficiary countries whose mission applications are selected by the Steering Committee will then be able to choose experts from this pool to carry out the technical assistance mission. These experts will work directly with the public authorities, contributing their valuable experience and know-how.
According to the UNESCO press release, “These missions will be based on the needs and priorities of the beneficiary countries and will be undertaken by top experts in the field of cultural policies. The missions will support the beneficiary countries in their efforts to establish legal, regulatory, and/or institutional frameworks and/or introduce policies that address the role of culture in social and economic development, particularly through the cultural industries.”
The list of eligible countries is available on the UNESCO website. These countries are the developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions that are eligible beneficiary countries under the EU Investing in People program.
To be considered, applications must be received by the UNESCO Secretariat no later than April 30, 2011, (midnight, Paris time) or June 30, 2011, (midnight, Paris time).
Selection criteria and application documents are available on the UNESCO website.