MED CULTURE accompanies the process of developing NATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR CULTURE IN THE SOUTH MEDITERRANEAN REGION.
Since 2014, the Med Culture team has initiated and organised several consultative meetings and national focus groups within the South Mediterranean region – Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. The objective of these meetings was to create a participatory approach for local cultural practitioners to define the relevant and most effective methodology to develop their respective National Strategies.
In Jordan, the two national consultative meetings which brought together more than 200 participants, cultural operators and representatives from national and local authorities, resulted in the conception of a draft National Strategy for Culture and an action plan that was discussed and finalised during the Med Culture regional meeting on July 4th 2017.
The results of this process have been shared with the Delegation of the European Union to Jordan, the UNESCO Office, the EUNIC cluster as well as key foundations involved in supporting the culture sector in Jordan. All involved actors have welcomed the Strategy as an effective tool for streamlining the culture sector in Jordan and for an improved coordination of future support to this sector.
This approach and process for the development of a National Strategy is considered to be a ‘best practice’ for it has empowered local civil society organisations and strengthened the networking and collaboration amongst them. To date, Med Culture has received several expressions of interest to have this process duplicated in the region, notably in Palestine and Lebanon.