The Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development in Africa

Eight African, European and international partners join forces with the European Union to create new opportunities and mobilise stakeholders to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development.

Culture at Work Africa aims to:

1) support projects to develop safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue,
2) strengthen multi-stakeholders national and transnational cooperation, capacity building and networking opportunities,
3) promote citizenship and intercommunity relations.

The project began in February 2018 and will end in 2021; it is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by Interarts, Arterial Network, Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR, Culture et Développement, Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa – CERAV/Afrique, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, International Music Council – IMC, Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG, together with their associated partners Africa Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, the Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS, and the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition – CELHTO.

Target countries
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Main beneficiaries
Cultural institutions and independent art centers, creators, public and private cultural operators, civil society groups, activist groups, community leaders, scholars and local authorities.

Main activities