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Research on the economic contribution of Zimbabwe’s cultural industries

Projects funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) under the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions include research into the contribution of cultural industries to the Zimbabwean economy. This project is currently at the data compilation stage.

In 2012, the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe partnered with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) to conduct a statistical survey of cultural industries in Harare and the surrounding areas of Chitungwiza, Norton, Ruwa, and Epworth.

The research has gone through various stages, including a stakeholders’ workshop during which the project was launched in May 2012, training of census takers, and field work to collect data from arts and culture stakeholders in October 2012. The partners will hold a workshop in the first quarter of 2013 to share findings with stakeholders.

This research is a follow-up to the seminal Baseline Survey on cultural industries carried out by the Culture Fund in 2009. The survey concluded that one of the challenges facing Zimbabwean cultural industries was the lack of research. The baseline survey also observed that the culture sector in Zimbabwe has immense potential to contribute to livelihoods and the national income. It is hoped that the current research will fill in longstanding gaps on the lack of data and statistics on the culture sector in Zimbabwe and that it will go a long way in increasing advocacy towards the prioritization of Zimbabwean cultural industries by policy makers and investors.

For more details regarding this research, please consult the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe website.

For more information on projects funded through the IFCD, please visit the UNESCO website.

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe is an NGO based in Harare. It provides technical and financial assistance to practitioners, institutions and activities with the aim of contributing to the growth and development of the country’s culture sector. The organization’s mission is to promote a dynamic, diverse and sustainable sector imbued with national identity and values that would contribute to social and economic development.


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