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The Initiative

The GCF was proposed and initiated at the UNESCO organised Consultative Forum on the “Power of Culture in Development” held at the African Royal Beach Hotel, Nungua, Accra on 28th April, 2011on 28th April, 2011 in Accra.
The forum was designed among others, to discuss the strategies for mainstreaming culture in national development.  An important aspect of the discussions focused on the international normative instruments, their ratification and implementation by the Government of Ghana - principally the UNESCO Conventions for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The consultation also considered the formation of a Civil Society Advocacy Forum on Cultural Heritage to pursue and intervene on issues related to the domain and its place in overall national development policies.

A number of cultural personalities were proposed as members of the Interim Steering Committee of the Forum. They have since been working to establish the GCF as an advocacy platform for culture development and action. The conveners of the GCF are Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Chairperson) and Akunu Dake, Heritage Development (Vice Chair).

Date Updated : 2012-06-01


UNESCO graciously provided the initial grant and technical expertise to support the institutionalisation and official launch of the Ghana Culture Forum. This website was constructed with funds provided by the grant.