Published On: Wed, Mar 15th, 2017

Curaçao is part of UNESCO’s “Envisioning the Future of the Global Capacity-Building Program and Its Facilitators’ Network”

UNESCOBANGKOK, WILLEMSTAD - From March 6th through 9th UNESCO organized a meeting in Bangkok on “Envisioning the Future of the Global Capacity-Building Program and Its Facilitators’ Network”. An encounter to discuss the role of facilitators in the implementation work for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage.

Curaçao co-ratifies the Convention in 2016, after its ratification by the Kingdom in 2012. But the island has been working since 2011 on the necessary steps from implementation and participated since 2014 in a capacity building program for all six Dutch Caribbean islands to be able to support implementation.

Richenel Ansano, the only facilitator for the Dutch Caribbean for the Convention participated in the meetings, representing Curaçao. Ansano happens to also be director of NAAM, the only NGO in the Dutch Caribbean accredited by UNESCO in the framework of the Convention. He was able to contribute with the knowledge and experience of all the excellent work that people on all the islands have done and are doing.

The meeting confirmed that facilitators' work has expanded quite a bit since they started working and that nowadays they do not just provided capacity building training. Most facilitators have become advisors to governments, communities and NGO's; they also function as mediators, instructors, implementation process evaluators, connectors of countries to resources elsewhere, etc. An important part of the reason for this encounter was to see how to better use the facilitators in their new roles and how to give the support and guidance where needed.

The meeting's conclusions will be available as soon as these are compiled by UNESCO and provided of feedback. Some preliminary conclusions include that fact that some current materials will need to be adapted, facilitator positions need to be clarified as agents of implementation rather than UNESCO employees, more facilitators ought to be trained, and facilitation time requirements need to be fitted to facilitator constraints. Some attention will also be given to when it would be best for facilitators to provide services in their own regions and when both the facilitator and a region would benefit from out-of-region assignments.

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