Culture-based local development programme in Cuban municipalities
Strengthen the capacities of municipal governments to enhance development through cultural resources.
Generate employment through the creation, production, distribution and access to cultural activities, goods and products.
Strengthen local identities and promote cultural diversity.
Stimulate citizen participation in cultural management processes.
Undertake sustainable cultural initiatives in the municipalities.
Generate economic income for cultural activity in municipalities.
The programme builds capacities among local government officials and the system of institutions in the territory to manage cultural processes in the municipality. The territory’s cultural potential and its contribution to the development and generation of employment and financial gain at the local level are examined. The programme provides financial and methodological support for 14 projects and initiatives in 12 municipalities in 4 provinces in the country: Villa Clara, Camagüey, Holguín and Guantánamo. The programme promotes spaces for community participation and dialogue at the municipal and community levels.
The cultural perspective is added to municipal development strategies as a pivotal tool for sustainable development. The programme contributes to the methodological conception of cultural development programmes of the Ministry of Culture in each municipality where the programme interacts.
This programme is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Introduce the concept of culture as a driver for sustainable development at the local level. Communities have the capacity to manage projects and initiatives which generate resources for their sustainability.
Decentralise the processes for generating employment and financial gain, and promote the participation of civil society in decision-making and in the social transformation processes.
Biannual evaluations are made from the beginning (2013) to evaluate the implementation of the programme.