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Call for proposal: Global data collection and analysis on cultural policies

UNESCO invites professional research institutes, companies and entities to submit a proposal for data collection and analysis for the third edition of Re|Shaping Cultural Policies, UNESCO’s flagship publication on the state of contemporary cultural and creative sectors and global cultural governance. The report will be published in June 2021.


UNESCO’s Global Report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies is published every four years. It examines current policy trends in cultural and creative sectors, tracks progress in cultural management, and highlights shared challenges in emerging policy areas. It is a unique monitoring and advocacy tool for the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), now ratified by 145 countries and the European Union. At the heart of this Convention’s successful implementation is informed, transparent and participatory cultural governance.

Since the publication of the first edition in 2015, the world’s cultural landscape has changed progressively. The 2021 edition will therefore seek to understand how the principles of the Convention have inspired new legislation, and highlight their contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with supporting evidence.

The Report is to be structured according to the Convention’s eleven Areas of Monitoring: cultural and creative sectors, media diversity, digital environment, partnering with civil society, mobility of artists and cultural professionals, flow of cultural goods and services, treaties and agreements, national sustainable development policies and plans, international cooperation for sustainable development, gender equality and artistic freedom. Together, they set a global benchmark for cultural governance and serve as a “compass” for cultural policymakers and professionals alike.

The winning entity will conduct data collection, provide data analysis, and produce new knowledge related to creative sectors in all eleven areas of monitoring, according to selected indicators and means of verification. Tasks involve statistical analysis, source review, code editing, data update from the previous 2015 and 2018 editions of the Global Reports.

The resulting data should be based on evidence from governmental and non-governmental sources of information. It will be grounded, in particular, in the analysis of the Quadrennial Monitoring Reports (QPR) submitted by the Parties to the 2005 Convention every four years, detailing policy initiatives, innovative measures, and existing gaps. These periodic reports require extensive inputs from civil society organizations and cultural practitioners, resulting in a rich, multi-angled picture of each country’s cultural and creative landscape. These submissions are made accessible through UNESCO’s Policy Monitoring Platform, providing the global cultural policy community with a co-learning opportunity and serving as a source of inspiration for future policy initiatives along with the Global Report series.

The Global Report series is produced with the financial support of the Swedish government as a pillar of the project “Re|shaping Cultural Policies for the Promotion of Fundamental Freedoms and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.” This project seeks to strengthen the human and institutional capacities of governmental and non-governmental actors in order to design and monitor innovative cultural policy initiatives, and considers the Global Report to be the framework to support governments and civil society in the design of evidence-based policies, as well as an advocacy tool for the recognition of culture as the core of sustainable development.


Conditions for the proposal:

Interested companies or entities are invited to submit their proposals no later than Monday, 28 November 2019.

Information on the request for proposals can be found at https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/99549

Solicitation documents can be requested from l.cotton@unesco.org

We need, more than ever, the 2005 Convention as a framework: to build policies that promote artistic freedoms and to nurture, protect and champion the creativity that makes us human.

Deeyah KHAN

Filmmaker and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity