Offer: UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (DL 30 June 2013)
What is the International Fund for Cultural Diversity?
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of 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 and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.
It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones. The use of the IFCD may take the form of legal, technical or financial support, or expertise, and must be consistent with the objectives of the IFCD.
The IFCD is notably used to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.
Since 2010, the IFCD is providing more than USD 3,5 million in funding for 61 projects in 40 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.
Criteria for the evaluation of funding requests applications are presented in the Guidelines on the use of the resources of the Fund, which were approved by the Conference of Parties in June 2009.
Who Can Apply to the IFCD?
The beneficiaries of the IFCD are the following:
all developing countries that are Parties to the Convention;
all Parties to the Convention that have determined the existence of special situations on their territory in conformity with Articles 8 and 17 of the Convention and related operational guidelines;
non-governmental organizations coming from developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society*;
international non-governmental organizations, which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society*, and which present projects with impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level;
representatives of vulnerable groups and other social groups identified in Article 7 of the 2005 Convention (i.e. women and other social groups, including persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples) from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.
Equitable geographic distribution of the resources of the IFCD is to be ensured to the extent possible.
Eligible developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention (PDF)