International Fund for Cultural Diversity 

The IFCD is a multi-donor fund established under the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. IFCD is key to the role of culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. Its purpose is to facilitate international cooperation for sustainable development, poverty reduction and dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.


The Challenge & How We Tackle It

Due to a high demand for funding, an international panel of experts is engaged to evaluate and recommend projects to be funded by IFCD to the Intergovernmental Committee.


Creative Economy’s Helene George was engaged as one of six international experts in the fields of cultural policy and/or cultural industries to form the UNESCO IFCD Panel of Experts. Experts conduct transparent evaluations assessing probity and accountability of project plans, outcomes, resourcing and budgets against IFCD goals and outcomes including:


- Governance systems that enable structural change to promote diversity of cultural expressions; 

- Increased international mobility of artists and cultural professionals from the global South through more balanced North-South and South-South flow of cultural goods and services;

- Cultural and creative industries contribution to sustainable development is demonstrated to relevant national development authorities;

- Gender inequalities are achieved for more equitable access, participation and reward in cultural and creative industries.


The Result

Since 2010, the Expert Panel’s recommendations to IFCD  has resulted in more than US $7 million in funding for nearly 100 projects in over 50 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models.

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