Zimbabwe’s Quadrennial Periodic Report set for validation

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) with the guidance of the UNESCO Expert Facility will host a one-day multi-stakeholder public presentation and validation of the Zimbabwe 2005 Quadrennial Periodic Report on Friday 16 October 2020 at Cresta Oasis Hotel in Harare.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe with the guidance of the UNESCO Expert Facility will on 16th October 2020 present to stakeholders Zimbabwe’s Quadrennial Periodic Report for the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The Periodic Report whose elaboration started in December 2019, is due to be submitted to the 2005 Convention Secretariat on 1st November 2020. Cultural stakeholders including artists, media professionals, representatives of public institutions and civil society are expected to reflect on the report and validate it for submission to the Secretariat.

After the public presentation meeting, the national team will come together for a debriefing session to integrate the results of the public debate in view of finalising the Periodic Report. The national team will also discuss lessons learnt and follow-up actions.

The quadrennial periodic report (QPR) is a form that is collaboratively completed by the public, private and civil society actors underlining the state of cultural policies, which is submitted by State Parties to UNESCO’s 2005 Convention every 4 years. The elaboration of the QPR process strengthen the network of cultural policy makers to better monitor the ever-evolving creative industries. The process identifies a number of challenges such as lack of relevant data and information required for evidence-based and transparent policy-making; limited capacity to assess and monitor the impact of policies and measures for the diversity of cultural expressions; fragile networking between governments and civil society.

The elaboration of Zimbabwe’s QPR, was made possible by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) funded project titled, “Reshaping cultural policies for the promotion of fundamental freedoms and the diversity of cultural expressions” where Zimbabwe and other 16 partner countries benefitted.