The implementation of the Convention on cultural diversity: the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

TitleThe implementation of the Convention on cultural diversity: the International Fund for Cultural Diversity
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Albornoz, L. A.
Affiliation (1st Author)Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M)
Section or WGPolitical Economy Section
DateFri 28 June
Slot CodePEF4a
Slot Code (Keyword)PEF4a
Time of Session16:00-17:30
Session TitleCultural Diversity and Audiovisual Sector - Joint Session Media Education Research Section and Political Economy Section
Submission ID5623

The international debate about the status of audiovisual goods and services (GATT Uruguay Round, 1986-1994) has been a fundamental key in the formulation of the concept of cultural diversity. The work carried out within the UNESCO by the delegations of different countries (notably France, Canada and Brazil) during the last decade has encouraged the formulation of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001) and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). The article 18 of the 2005 Convention proposes the creation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The main goal of this multi-donor Fund is to support projects and programmes, from developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the Convention, that aim to foster the creation of a dynamic cultural sector. The particularity of the IFCD lies within the fact that most of its resources are used to support NGO’s actions that work at a local level in the field of cultural policies and cultural industries. Thought as an instrument to encourage the South-South and North-South-South cooperation, the IFCD has put into practice through its three first calls (2010, 2011 and 2012) 61 projects -so far- from 40 developing countries, with an estimated budget of four million US dollars. The implementation of these projects ranges from capacity-building and cultural cartography to the consolidation of cultural industries. The goals of this work are,, a) to evaluate the derived versus the assigned geographical distribution of the IFDC resources; b) to consider the proportion of contributions made specifically to the audiovisual sector; c) and, finally, to analyze which of the phases of the audiovisual industry (creation, production, distribution, exhibition and/or consumption), as well as which digital networks and devices, were the most favored ones.

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