WorldCP will 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.

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (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.