UNESCO Statistics on Cultural Industries: Framework for the Elaboration of National Capacity Building Projects

UNESCO Bangkok,
15 June 2007, Thailand

A framework for the collection and analysis of cultural industry statistics across Asia.

This publication was to serve as a guide for the elaboration and implementation of tailor-made national projects to collect and analyse statistical data on creativity in general and cultural industries in particular.

This document describes the framework for National Technical Assistance Projects, conceived within the framework of the Jodhpur Initiatives, a long-term interagency programme for the promotion of cultural industries in Asia-Pacific region, as a strategy for poverty reduction and community regeneration. It is intended to inform the formulation of projects and activities for the collection and analysis of statistical data on the cultural industries at the national level. It has been developed through contributions and repeated review by the UN Interagency Technical Working Group on Cultural Industries Statistics, composed of UNDP, UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), UNIDO, and WIPO.

Within the Asia-Pacific region, the UN Interagency Jodhpur Symposium in 2005 gave the impetus for the establishment of an interagency platform for co-operation and co-ordination of country programming in this region of the world. At this symposium, agencies adopted a common strategy to promote the cultural industries as a tool for poverty reduction and local economic development, known as the Jodhpur Initiatives.

The first concrete output of the interagency collaboration arising from the Jodhpur Symposium is a jointly-developed framework for the systematic collection and analysis of Statistics on Cultural Industries. The purpose of the Elaboration of National Data Capacity Building Projects framework is to serve as a guide, within a consolidated intellectual framework, for the elaboration and implementation of tailor-made national projects to collect and analyse statistics on creativity in general and cultural industries in particular. The implementation of a data collection strategy on cultural industry statistics at the national level will meet the need to provide statistical information on the potential and scope of the creative and cultural industries. This information will, in turn, facilitate evidence-based policy development.

In doing so, the creative and cultural industries can be more effectively used as tools to target poverty reduction and community regeneration, while at the same time addressing the creative economic divide between North and South, East and West. The interagency collaboration which produced this data framework document has fostered a consensus among international development agencies regarding the need for a co-ordinated approach to assist countries to develop their statistical capacities within United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) and the emerging One UN national strategies.