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WorldCP aims to be a central, web-based and continuously updated database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies. It is modelled on the highly regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (, which currently covers 41 countries in Europe, plus Canada.

IFACCA, the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, was nominated by the founders of the Compendium – the Council of Europe (CoE) and the ERICarts Institute – to develop an international version of the Compendium as a tool for policymakers, researchers, advocates and the global community. 

With the support and cooperation of key regional organisations in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Pacific and the Arab countries, the data stored in the central database will also be able to be presented online in regional versions (like the existing European site).  The database would also provide the capacity to monitor and analyse global trends in key aspects of cultural policies.

WorldCP will provide the following benefits to national governments, policy-makers, partners and the international community:

  • Significantly enhanced access to national and international cultural policy information
  • A consistent format and methodology for documenting policies developed and informed by, but not limited by, the shared expertise gained over 10 years creating the European Compendium
  • An international database and searchable website to present each country’s cultural policy profile
  • Reliable information for cultural policy research and analysis
  • The capacity to facilitate exchange and cooperation around policy making and analysis
  • A mechanism to assist in reporting on international legal instruments and conventions
  • Positioning and engagement with a significant international cultural research platform
  • Presentation of profiles in English and, where possible, in the native language of the country profiles.