In our March 7, 2011 newsletter we mentioned the creation of a pool of experts for the Expert Facility project, funded by the European Union and established by UNESCO to strengthen cultural governance in developing countries that have ratified the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Thirty experts were chosen on the basis of their diverse expertise, experience, and knowledge of the culture sector in developing countries.
On May 23 and 24, the specialists of the Expert Facility project gathered in Paris to share and exchange their project experiences of the past two years. To date, 13 missions have taken place in the following beneficiary countries: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles and Viet Nam.
Through a series of plenary and working-group sessions, the experts critically assessed the implementation of the project (the technical assistance missions) with a view to defining the future of the project and the pool of experts, as well as finalizing a methodological guide on technical assistance.
Their discussion covered:
The Expert Facility project was extended until November 30, 2013, to allow for numerous follow-up activities, including this workshop. The European Union’s continued financial support of the project demonstrates its commitment to building the capacities of developing countries that are Parties to UNESCO’s 2005 Convention with a view to promoting culture as a key sustainable development factor.