In our July 9, 2012 newsletter, we mentioned the call for applications launched by UNESCO in order to create an expert group on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in African countries.
Following the receipt of applications for the African pool of experts, 32 experts have been selected to participate in the Pilot Capacity-Building Program in Africa. These experts will take part in training workshops on core areas of the Convention, including its implementation, operational activities and key related policy-making tools and skills.
Two workshops are planned, one in English and one in French. The English workshop will be organized by the African Arts Institute (AFAI) and facilitated by its executive director, Mike van Graan. It will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) from 22 to 26 October 2012. The French workshop will be organized by Culture et Développement, in Dakar (Senegal), from 26 to 30 November 2012.
Launched in 2012 and supported by the UNESCO Emergency Fund, the Pilot Capacity-Building Program in Africa is part of a long-term strategic investment to provide countries with the tools, capacities and expertise they need to implement the Convention and develop effective policies for their cultural and creative sectors.
With 31 Parties to the Convention, Africa has become the first focus of capacity-building activities, so as to increase human and institutional capacity and to address the many demands for information, training, expert technical assistance as well as for mentoring and coaching interventions. It is within this framework that UNESCO has called to enlarge its pool of experts, aiming to assure and reinforce the implementation of the 2005 Convention in African countries.