Jamaica Receives Funding From International Fund for Cultural Diversity
UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity approves USD 60,000 to support Jamaica’s revision of its National Culture Policy.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport led the symbolic signing of the funding agreement between Jamaica and UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road office in Kingston. This agreement covers the revision of the National Culture Policy of Jamaica which was drafted in 2003.
Jamaica is among six countries globally that received funding through UNESCO’s IFCD programme based on the Fund’s sixth call for projects issued last year. The first installments of an estimated USD 542,000.00 were disbursed – in March 2016 to facilitate the projects which will be undertaken during a one year cycle.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange noted that this marks the first time that Jamaica is to receive funding through the IFCD, “This is another success story for Jamaica. Once again we are proving that our cultural capital is widely respected enough so to attract funding to help strengthen policy that will allow for improved delivery of cultural products and services to the people of Jamaica and the world.”
The revision of the National Culture Policy forms part of the Ministry’s commitment to improving Policy directives, concerning the strategic positioning of culture, as well as the cultural and creative industries, as critical social and economic pillars in national development. The UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office recently donated USD 20,000.00 towards the revision process, with the IFCD funding anticipated to assist in completing the process in 2016.
The IFCD is a multi-donor fund established under the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are parties to the Convention. industry business models.