COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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2011: Eight Country profiles for the Arab Region, Australia and Zimbabwe published

With the support of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and in collaboration with Culture Resource/Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cairo), independent researchers in the Arab Region produced eight  country profiles following the Compendium model.   In the context of the  "OPEN Compendium process", they  were advised by (former) Compendium authors Milena Dragicevic-Sesic, Tsveta Andreeva, Ritva Mitchell and Ineke van Hamersveld.    
In October 2010, the Boekman Foundation (Amsterdam) released a publication with these profiles: "Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia: An Introduction".

Due to the important political changes resulting from the "Arab Spring" in 2011/12, much of the content in the above-mentioned profiles requires updating. As pointed out June 29, 2012 in a news item of Culture Resource/Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, a "National Cultural Policy Group" has been installed in Egypt, which is to discuss and revise the overall policy structures and processes in that country:

"Egypt's National Cultural Policy Group (ENCPG) decided in its meeting on 28 June 2012 to continue to work towards implementing the general framework of Egypt's cultural policy.   The framework which was proposed by the group in March 2012, was officially adopted by the Committee on Culture, Media and Tourism of the Egyptian Parliament in its last meeting on 14 June 2012, before the legal verdict to dissolve the Parliament was issued.   ENCPG will continue its collaboration with the members of this committee and will also seek wider approval on the framework.   The adopted framework is based on five general principles including preserving Egypt's cultural identity, the cultural dimension of social and economic development, and democracy and respect for human rights.   It includes six proposed work strategies during the coming three years: gradually raising the percentage of the budget culture to reach 1.5% of the national budget at the end of the three-year period, decentralizing culture politically, administratively and geographically, integrating cultural and educational policies, restructuring the Ministry of Culture, promoting respect for the freedom of cultural work, and supporting participation and dialogue among all social and political powers in developing and implementing the cultural policy."

In 2009, the Arts Council Australia agreed to support the production of a cultural policy profile following the Compendium methodology. In close collaboration with IFACCA and the ERICarts Institute, this task has been accomplished in 2010 by Margaret Seares (University of Perth). A final version has been published on the new WorldCP platform 2011, together with a profile from Zimbabwe. Other profiles, e.g. for South Korea, Vietnam and other countries are forthcoming.