The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) is an advocacy and policy tool developed within the framework of the Secretariat of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. Cultural sector indicators are an internationally applied data baseline on the competence of the creative and culture sector. They equip countries to be more competitive on the international market; increase information sharing among policy makers, civil society and commerce; identify knowledge gaps and needs of cultural operators, and identify networks, good practice and gaps in cultural and creative sectors. Tested and implemented in 11 countries since 2009, the CDIS demonstrates, through quantitative and qualitative data, the enabling and driving role of culture in sustainable development. Its main objectives are to:
• provide evidence-based justification for the inclusion of culture in national and international development strategies and plans;
• gather new data for informed policies and monitoring systems for culture;
• build capacities in data collection and analysis on culture and development;
• promote awareness of culture’s role in sustainable development through participative inter-institutional dialogue;
• foster a comparable understanding at the international level.
The CDIS methodology examines seven key policy dimensions: Economy, Education, Governance, Social Participation, Gender Equality, Communication and Heritage.
More information on the CDIS www.unesco.org/creativity/cdis.