On 15 April 2019 the Second Call for proposals of the ‘Culture at Work Africa – Promoting the Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development’ project was closed, with 232 applications submitted.
A preliminary analysis of the applications submitted leads to concluding that there has been a good response to the Call, with figures similar to those of the First Call. Of the 15 eligible African countries, Benin and the Democratic Republic of the Congo were the two countries with the highest participation with 33 and 29 projects respectively, while Côte d’Ivoire had the lowest participation, with only 5 proposals. As for the rest of the countries, there were 17 proposals from Burkina Faso, 16 from Cameroon, 12 from Kenya, 14 from Mali, 21 from Niger, 21 from Nigeria, 16 from Senegal, 9 from Tanzania, 15 from Togo, 11 from Uganda, 8 from Rwanda and 22 from Zimbabwe.
- 173 applications were submitted to Lot 1 and 59 to Lot 2.
- 71.5% of the proposals include one partner, 23% of the proposals include two partners and 5.5% of the proposals include three partners.
- Most of the proposals have a non-profit organization as a lead applicant (209) followed by applications led by private- for-profit organizations (14) and by public institutions (10).
- 33 of the proposals plan to implement their activities in several African countries and provide a regional cooperation component.
The applications address a wide variety of themes related to culture making thus evident the diversity and richness of cultural expressions in Africa. Some of the main themes include intercultural dialogue, transfer of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural practices, as well as social inclusion of children, young people and women through artistic activities such as theatre, music, visual arts, cinema, etc.
The evaluation process is now underway. The results are expected to be announced by the end of June 2019.