China: The China Culture and Development Partnership Framework
The main aim of the programme was to support China in designing and implementing policies that promote the rights of its ethnic minority groups (106 million people) in the five provinces in which they are concentrated: Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Yunnan and Guizhou. This was achieved by building government capacity to undertake rights and culture-based development, and by building capacity of minority communities to participate.
It also enabled ethnic minorities to further exercise their rights in three key areas: education, maternal and child health, and employment. The second aim of the programme was to empower ethnic minority groups in the five provinces to better manage their cultural resources and thus to benefit from culture-based economic development. This was achieved by building capacity to manage minority cultural resources, and by supporting the pro-poor development of culture-based tourism and the arts and crafts and creative industries sectors.
This Joint Programme was launched in October 2008 and was closed in March 2012.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Inclusion of ethnic minorities being enhanced across pilot counties. Local government officials, political and community leaders and civil society representatives trained on inclusive governance processes. Minority community organizations strengthened through national training workshop and on-site capacity building.
- Child friendly and culturally sensitive methodologies integrated into 100% of pilot schools. Training manual compiled and training workshop held for education officials and three sets of local curricula developed. Guidelines and indicators on maternity and child health (MCH) and family planning adapted to better monitor national status.
- Ethnic minorities empowered in management of cultural resources through cultural mapping, artisan associations and strengthening of entrepreneurs and craft-producers. Non-discrimination in employment promoted through development of a training manual and workshops for labour officials. Dong minority’s agricultural practice recognized as a pilot site for FAO Globally Important Agricultural System. Tourism facilities and infrastructure developed in 7 villages.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period