Technical Cooperation and Services

Workshop for the Management of Coastal Beaches in Kenya

June 2011

On the occasion of the 90th session of the Executive Council held in Mombasa, Kenya, on 19-21 June 2011, an agreement was signed between the World Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya, and the Mombasa & Coast Tourist Association.

Human Resources and SME Development in Inhambane, Mozambique

April 2011

A new ST-EP project has recently started in Inhambane province, Mozambique, for a period of two years, with the objective is to develop human resources as well as small and medium-sized tourism enterprises. Inhambane is a province of Mozambique in which a large proportion of the population lives under the poverty line.

Development of Ecotourism in Kribi, Cameroon

February 2011

The ST-EP project for the development of ecotourism in Kribi, a beach resort and seaport in Cameroon, has been recently launched following the field visit of a UNWTO.Themis volunteer.

Main Publications

Tourism and Poverty Alleviation Steps for Destinations 2010 The following reports related to tourism and poverty alleviation have been published:

“Manual on Tourism and Poverty Alleviation: Practical Steps for Destinations” (2010)

Replicating and Upscaling

Community dance, Lake Titikaka, PeruBased on the possitive experiences gained in the first ten years of the ST-EP Initiative, UNWTO would like to expand successful ST-EP projects, and replicate best practices to new destinations where the tourism sector can make a significant contribution to poverty reduction.

ST-EP Partners

The implementation of the various ST-EP activities would not have been possible without the contribution of several countries and institutions.

The Government of the Republic of Korea was a pioneer partner in the launching of the ST-EP Initiative, by offering an initial contribution to host and establish the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in Seoul. Since then, significant progress has been made in the consolidation and expansion of public-private partnerships for the ST-EP Initiative.

Overview of ST-EP Activities

Following the launch of the ST-EP Initative, and the establishment, in 2004, of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in Seoul, Republic of Korea, the implementation of projects began towards the end of 2005 with a training programme for local guides in the village of Ebogo in Cameroun.

The Seven ST-EP Mechanisms

In order to deliver practical benefits to the poor, a clear understanding is required of the ways to effectively channel visitor spending and associated investment into improved income and quality of life for people in poverty, so as to ensure that all possibilities are considered and used effectively.

Linkages between Food Producers and Tourism Enterprises in Nicaragua

January 2011

The ST-EP project on “Linkages between Food Producers and Tourism Enterprises in Nicaragua" was completed at the end of 2010 after two and a half years of implementation made possible by a tripartite partnership among the UNWTO, SNV and the ST-EP Foundation.