The International Fund for Cultural Diversity

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its main goal is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention through investing in creativity.

IFCD supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, organize activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions as well as reinforces the institutional infrastructures supporting viable cultural industries. The IFCD is known for promotion of South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.

The IFCD is supporting projects covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models.

One of the recently sponsored projects is called “Theatre4Youth” and it’s focused on arts education. The project had been proposed and now have been recently launched by ASSITEJ South Africa – the networking platform for people working with or interested in theater for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theater for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to art education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

The IFCD supports projects that are consistent with the main objectives of the IFCD and meet the Requirements for eligible funding requests.

To learn more about opportunities of application for funding under the IFCD's 7th call (available in January 2016), please visit the UNESCO web page dedicated to IFCD:  


Related information:

International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Investing in creativity. Transforming societies. IFCD Brochure #1 — 2012. Published by UNESCO

International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Investments and culture: the more diverse, the better success stories, facts, figures and performance results. IFCD Brochure #2 — 2013.Published by UNESCO

International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Sustainable development through the lens of creativity. IFCD Brochure #3 — 2014. Published by UNESCO