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2009

Heritage, tradition and creativity for sustainable development in Mauritania

Mauritanie

Titre : Heritage, tradition and creativity for sustainable development in Mauritania

Pays /Région : Mauritanie

Localisation : Region (s) : - Adrar-AssabaNouakchott

Code projet : MDGF-1804-G-MRT Heritage tradi

Durée : Original start date février 2009 — Final end date : février 201

Présentation
The Joint Programme (JP) was an initiative to reduce poverty with a focus on youth and women, by increasing the number of women and young people working in the fields of culture, crafts and tourism, building on Mauritania’s rich cultural heritage, and developing cultural products, handicrafts and tourism in targeted areas of the country. Festivals were brought back to promote endangered aspects of Mauritanian culture including poetry, songs, dances, traditional musical instruments. This helped to strengthen cultural identity and ensure ownership of traditional culture by the younger generation, but also allowed to demonstrate that culture is a niche with potential for income generation, while promoting the emergence of a market for cultural events. Craft development centers were developed which offered opportunities to develop and promote activities for artisans in both beneficiary regions. Both the festivals and the craft centers will serve as models which can be replicated by the government in other regions of the country. A small grants system was established to support local cultural and tourism projects with some program supported having reached a promising level of achievement. The JP focused on providing benefits to the poor and vulnerable, example, the JP supported rental of tents to ensure security for income generating activities of vulnerable women’s cooperatives. Many income generation activities were directly targeted at women such as Capacity building sessions on leadership and management of organizations ; training to improve couscous-drying technique ; or the provision of safe spaces (tents) already mentioned. As a result women in the target areas are now better equipped to manage their income generating activities, have increased awareness of their rights and are more empowered economically. The JP was able to increase awareness of women and young people’s rights. The involvement of associations and other organized groups in programme activities helped to strengthened their capacity and awareness, and better positioned them to participate in different decision making processes. The JP promoted the revival of festivals as a mechanism to promote endangered aspects of Mauritanian culture including poetry, songs, dances, and traditional musical instruments. Economically they were used to demonstrate that culture as a niche to earn money by helping artisans sell handicrafts and promote the emergence of a market for cultural events, (sponsors, advertising, development of event communication, etc). They also served as models to be replicated by the government in other regions of the country.

Agences Nations Unies : UNESCO PNUD, UNFPA

Budget : 3 560 293 USD

United Nations Development Group

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