IDEP convenes workshop on development and culture at FESPACO 2013


ECA Press Release 13/2013 

Dakar, Senegal, 27 February 2013 (ECA) - The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) this week convened a workshop on redressing Africa’s development challenges under the rubric of ‘cultures of development’.  The 25th -26th February workshop was held on the sidelines of the 2013 Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) taking place on the theme, arts and public policy in Africa.

According to Adebayo Olukoshi, Head of IDEP, African countries have been involved in development planning for all-round socioeconomic transformation that was at the heart of the national liberation project. "Yet some 50 years after independence, the experience has at best been mixed and at worst, failed to meet the high expectations that were announced with flourish,” he said.

Olukoshi argued that the failure to anchor development planning in the history and cultural context of African countries has emerged in discussions and debates on why development plans have not always been successful in meeting their objectives. This deficit of historical context and cultural anchorage is, according to Olukoshi, "a pertinent idea that is considered central to any future hope of success."

This workshop is the third in a series, designed to offer concrete ideas and options on innovative ways to better think about and operationalize a culture-based development planning in Africa. It aimed to demonstrate the ways in which development planning can be effectively embedded in a cultural foundation and will propose concrete alternatives for the reform of “traditional” development planning that fully embrace its historical and cultural context alongside its economic assumptions, considerations and tools.


The first workshop on cultures and development was convened on May, 20 – 21 2011, in Dakar, Senegal, to explore the cultural basis of development and the nexus between culture and development in a historical African context. The second workshop on Embedding Culture in National Development Plans and Long-Term Visions took place in Accra, Ghana from 16 to 17 August 2012. The workshop attracted development planners, economists, and various categories of cultural researchers and activists.

Topics to be covered at the workshop include the following:

-    Rewriting National Development Plans with a Historical-Cultural Perspective;

-    Rethinking National Cultural Policies from a Development Planner’s Perspective;

-    Culture in the Communication of National Development Plans and Visions;

-    Cultural Tools for National Development Planning;

-    Capacity Development and Policy Dialogue Initiatives for a Culture-based Development Planning;

-    Interfacing Spheres of Development Planning and Arenas for Cultural Engineering;

-    Indigenous Knowledge in the National Planning Process;

-    Domesticating International and Regional Cultural Charters and Plans into National Development Plans

-    The Language of Development Planning and Long-Term Visioning in Africa;

-    Cultural Heritage, Cultural and Creative Industries and Intellectual Property;

-    Statistics and Tools for a Culture-based Development Planning; and

-    Managing Convergence and Divergence in Cultural Engineering and Development Planning.



Ms. Rama Salla DIENG
Programme Assistant, Policy Research
Workshop Coordinator
United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)
BP. 3186 CP 18524
Dakar , Senegal
Tel. (+221) 33 829 55 41
Fax:  (+221) 33 822 29 64




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