China: The China Culture and Development Partnership Framework
This was achieved by building government capacity to undertake rights and culture-based development, and by empowering ethnic minority groups to better manage their cultural resources and thus to benefit from culture-based economic development. The programme also supported the pro-poor development of culture-based tourism and the arts and crafts and creative industries sectors.
Main achievements included:
- Translation of UNESCO’s Cultural Diversity Programming Lens Toolkit and its testing, adaptation and transmission through local training workshops. Local government officials, political and community leaders and civil society representatives were trained in inclusive governance processes. Minority community organizations were strengthened through national training workshops and on-site capacity building.
- Developing culturally sensitive educational curricula, training ethnic minority teachers and principals in culturally sensitive approaches, and enabling counties to develop scaling up plans. The programme undertook a major policy analysis review of ethnic minority education.
- Researching the relationship between culture and health targets and formulating new culture-based models to improve overall access of ethnic minorities to health services. As a result of the programme, hospital delivery rates increased 32% and regular antenatal care coverage grew by 21%.
- Cultural Heritage Protection has been the most innovative and creative part of this programme and has succeeded in contributing to a new awareness of the importance of preserving cultural heritage at the local level. The programme produced newspaper articles, films, and reports and trained more than two hundred local stakeholders in conservation and development methods.
- Researching and addressing the employment situation of ethnic minorities and the cultural and linguistic obstacles they face. Non-discrimination in employment was promoted through development of a training manual and workshops for labour officials.
- Empowering ethnic minorities in the management of cultural resources through cultural mapping, artisan associations and strengthening of entrepreneurs and craft-producers. The Dong minority’s duck-fish-rice agricultural practice was recognized as a pilot site for an FAO Globally Important Agricultural System. New culture-based employment opportunities were created in the fields of tourism and minority arts and crafts, and tourism facilities and infrastructure were developed in seven villages.
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