International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD-UNESCO)

Donor: 
United Nations
Geographical focus: 
Global
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Tourism and Culture
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Intro text: 
The IFCD is a multi-donor fund established to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector.

Official website

http://en.unesco.org/creativity/ifcd

Who can apply?

Parties (public authority/institution) to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions from developing countries;

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) coming from developing countries that are parties to the 2005 Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions from developing countries, 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

International non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the 2005 convention on the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expression 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 and inter-regional level.

On an exceptional basis, to the available funds from contributions provided by the private sector, micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the private sector active in the cultural field of developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention of the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions are entitled to benefit from the IFCD. So far, the IFCD has not received any contributions from the private sector and therefore SMEs cannot yet apply to the IFCD.

Objectives and activities

The IFCD is first and foremost about empowering people – young cultural entrepreneurs, artists, cultural professionals, civil society actors and local, national decision makers - to take ownership of their development processes and shape their own development pathways. The IFCD has been responding to the specific needs of these actors in 43 developing countries: the need to reinforce cultural and creative industries, to develop professional artistic and creative skills and to establish effective and better informed policies. The local actors of the IFCD projects are undeniably the very enablers and drivers of a more inclusive, sustainable and meaningful development.

Type and level of funding

Calls for funding requests. Voluntary Contributions by donors and governments.

Grants, concessional loans and other financial instruments yet to be determined.