Title of project
“Development of Pilot Scheme for Monitoring the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions“
Project partner organisations
- Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
- “Platform for change”
- Platform “Diverse Georgia”
- Business Legal Aid Center (BLAC) – subsidiary organization of Association of Young Economists of Georgia (AYEG )
- Network of Centers for Civic Engagement
Duration 10/02/2017 – 15/12/2017
- Promoting the diversity of cultural expressions through monitoring the commitments undertaken by the Georgian Government after ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and by means of raising public awareness (in line with the Major Programme IV, Strategic Objective 8; Main Line of Action 2)
- Monitoring of implementation of the 2005 Paris Convention on the Protection and
Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions:
- development of the Convention implementation monitoring methodology as a result of round tables;
- development of the implementation monitoring pilot scheme:
- collecting and processing information of the activities implemented in the regions by the non-governmental sector and municipalities in accordance with the Convention;
- monitoring of the reflection of the Convention in the government strategy by the public sector and monitoring of the practical implementation of the Convention (by selected communities);
- Information analysis and wrap-up conference;
- Promotion of the Convention and UNESCO
- Preparatory Stage (10/02/2017 – 31/03/2017)
- Development of the Convention implementation monitoring methodology and the pilot scheme;
- Organization and conduct of the first working meeting with participation of regional representatives in Tbilisi.
- Fieldwork Stage (31/03/2017- 01/09/2017)
- Organization and conduct of three working meetings in Tbilisi (including a meeting with regional representatives);
- Conduct of 4 working meetings in the regions: Telavi, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Zugdidi (the moderation of the meetings will be provided by the regional members of the “Diverse Georgia” Platform, regional coordinators of the subcontractors – Network of Centers for Civic Engagement);
- collection and processing of the information in the regions;
- the analysis of reflection of the Convention in the culture strategy – in the context of the state cultural policy;
- collection, processing, primary analysis of the information of the practical implementation of the Convention by the Government;
- Website development and moderation – posting the collected information online.
III. Analysis Stage (01/09/2017 – 15/12/2017)
- Analysis of the material;
- Wrap-up conference organization and conduct;
- Publishing the monitoring results in the special online newsletter format.
- Awareness about the obligations and responsibilities undertaken as a result of the ratification of the Convention will be raised among non-governmental organisations in Tbilisi and the regions. The visibility of UNESCO will increase.
- The project flows organically from the project “Diverse Georgia – Civil Society Platform for Cultural Diversity. Elaboration of a Package of the Non-Governmental Sector Recommendations Concerning the Implementation of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” implemented in the frames of the 2014-2015 participation program. It is based on the developed package of recommendations and the unity of the cultural strategy documents, as well as the analysis of cooperation of the “Diverse Georgia” platform and some nongovernmental organizations with the Government and municipalities. As a result, the development of the convention implementation methodology and pilot scheme will be based on the previous experience.
- As a result of the testing of the Convention implementation monitoring pilot scheme, its effectiveness, as well as shortcomings will be identified that will become the basis for future improvement of the monitoring. Awareness about the obligations and responsibilities undertaken as a result of the ratification of the Convention will be raised among non-governmental organisations in Tbilisi and the regions. The visibility of UNESCO will increase.
- As a result of the testing of the Convention implementation monitoring pilot scheme:
- The involvement of the “Diverse Georgia” platform, in particular its regional participants involved in the survey (collecting and processing of the information about the Convention-related activities carried out by the nongovernmental organizations and municipalities in the regions) and the monitoring will stimulate a strong interest in the Convention implementation in the civil sector, will promote the raise public awareness.
- For the Government, the monitoring pilot scheme will provide the applicability and effectiveness of reflection of the Convention in a long-term cultural strategy and the possibility of critical analysis. Consequently, it will be the reference documented material for the elimination of the shortcomings and adjustment of the strategy in the cultural policy of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.
- On the basis of data collection and analysis, the implementation events map will be drawn up. The experts’ experience in the formation of cultural diversity will be shared and compared in the working meetings format. The collected information will be analyzed.
- Within the framework of the wrap-up conference the Convention implementation picture will be demonstrated to the participants and the general public. The materials will be published in a special online publication on continuously updated website (culturaldiversitygeorgia.com).
- The popularization of the Convention Articles and principles will contribute to the promotion of cultural diversity.
The Monitoring Plan and Results will be publicized through the website and social networks; it will be transparent and available to the subscribers to the online newsletter as well as social network users;
The feedback received from the civil society and expert community will be taken into consideration in the future activities of the platform and to define future strategy of monitoring.
2014 – 2015
“Diverse Georgia – Civil Society Platform for Cultural Diversity. Elaboration of a Package of the Non-Governmental Sector Recommendations Concerning the Implementation of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”
Name of NGO in official partnership with UNESCO:
- Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists – YTA Union / OISTAT National Center of Georgia
Duration of the project:
Project partner organisations:
- Europe House Georgia – in-kind contribution. Europe House Georgia is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that was founded in July 2009 in Tbilisi. It aims to promote European values in Georgia and increase engagement with the broader international community through fostering people-to-people connections focusing upon civil dialogue, education and culture to enhance understanding and increase access to information with a target audience of Georgian youth as future potential community leaders.
Associate partner organizations:
- Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia – the International Relations Department will curate the project, provide consultations and materials. Coordinated use of the project product – research results, statistics and Convention implementation plan – is envisaged in the process of the state cultural policy development.Regional partners – theatres and institutions under the Ministry of Culture)
Promotion of creative work and diversity of cultural expressions through raising awareness of the civil society and institutional development in the cultural sphere (in line with the Major Programme IV, Strategic Objective 8; Main Line of Action 2).
Conducting preparatory work for the implementation of the 2005 Paris Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions:
- Creation of a database of institutional and human resources;
- Creation of a platform of non-governmental organisations which will participate in the implementation of the Convention;
- Elaboration of a package of recommendations on the Convention implementation based on the results of roundtable and focus group discussions;
- Promotion of the Convention and UNESCO.
1 – Preparatory Stage
- Research to identify the platform participants – development of questionnaires, online distribution, processing
- Database creation
2- Fieldwork Stage
- Organisation of 11 working meetings in Tbilisi and the regions (Kutaisi, Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe)
- Each meeting will consist of two sessions: the first session will involve presentation of the Convention and a roundtable, the second – an extended focus group discussion
- Website – creating online publication and newsletter, moderating blog posts
3 – Analysis Stage
- Elaboration of the package of the civil society sector recommendations and the Convention implementation plan
- Development of methodology for including the recommendations into the context of the state cultural policy
Awareness about the obligations and responsibilities undertaken as a result of the ratification of the Convention will be raised among non-governmental organisations in Tbilisi and the regions. Promotion of the Convention’s articles and principles will generate stable interest towards the implementation within the nongovernmental sector as a means of protecting its own interests and promoting artistic expression. The visibility of UNESCO will increase.
A “Diverse Georgia” platform will be created: a successful precedent will strengthen the pursuits on the path of institutional development of the cultural sphere, promote awareness raising among civil society and development of the cultural diversity.
The package of recommendations will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia during the period of elaboration of the cultural policy strategy; the package of the civil society’s recommendations for the implementation of the 2005 Paris Convention will be an important supporting document for the state cultural policy, created through the cultural sphere coalition effort and a first intellectual product shared by the state.