The Cultural Policy of the Gambia,1988 (currently in use)

The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

* The policy was adopted in 1988 and is still in use (including in the last four years, covering the reporting period).
* The Ministry at the time was of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture.
* The policy covered: Sensitization and Mobilization, National Languages, The Creative Arts, Sites, Monuments and Relics, Research and Documentation, Indigenous Technology, Sports and Recreation, Institutional Framework and Funding, Establishment of National Arts Council (Now National Centre for Arts and Culture, based on NCAC Act 2003), Operational Agencies (National Museum, National Troupe, Oral History Archives Division, Creative and Performing Arts Division) and Funding and International Co-operation.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

1. Support to local festivals through training, funding and logistical support.
2. Participation at international cultural and arts festivals and fairs.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

About USD388, 000 annual budget for NCAC but not possible to disaggregate by policy

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner
UNESCO / National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Artistic Associations
Local Government Authorities
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

* Need to create a stand-alone Ministry of Culture
* Need to mainstream Culture in national development
* Conduct a study on the contributions of culture to GDP
* Need for both Central government and local governments to provide good funding for cultural projects and programmes
* Lay a foundation for greater private sector participation in cultural preservation and development * Improve legislation on cultural policy management and implementation
* There is need to strengthen the Copyright Bureau and for it to actualize the payment of royalties to rights holders
* Evolve a strategic plan in the context of globalisation and the digital environment
* Government should construct a National Theatre or Multi-purpose cultural centre
* A National Art Gallery is also overdue
* A National School of Fine and Performing Arts is a dire necessity
* Lay a solid foundation for greater private sector participation in cultural development

Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)