Management and business training for Zimbabwe’s cultural professionals and arts associations

Nhimbe Trust (NGO), Zimbabwe
IFCD funding: USD 97,365 | Timeline: March 2013 - December 2013

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About the Project

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Capacity building for effective cultural governance in Zimbabwe
The project aims to build up the skills and technical know-how of Zimbabwe’s cultural professionals, thus allowing them to be more actively involved in the development of local cultural industries. Targeting managers of Zimbabwe’s top arts and culture festivals and the leaders of the country’s most prominent cultural industries organizations, the project will carry out capacity-building workshops on management and corporate governance in order to strengthen their critical skills and knowledge on resource mobilization, industrial and labour legislation. Moreover, the project will raise awareness of the role of Zimbabwe’s cultural industries as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction amongst participants.

Project leader: Nhimbe Trust
Established in 2003, Nhimbe Trust is a Zimbabwean non-profit organization, which is committed to arts education, cultural policy research, advocacy and the promotion of the freedom of creative expression. It trains young people in the arts and builds their capacities to use the arts as a source of income. It enables dialogue between civil society organizations and policy-makers and promotes an active participation in the development of cultural policies. Nhimbe Trust has recently facilitated the formulation of 2012-2015 national action plan for Zimbabwe’s civil society operating in the cultural and creative sector, which consists of a needs assessment and an outline of clear strategies for developing the creative sector.

Key targets

  • The skills and capacities of cultural managers of Zimbabwe’s top arts and culture festivals are strengthened in order to increase the competitiveness of their cultural initiatives.
  • The leaders of the country’s most prominent cultural industries organizations and associations are empowered.
  • Cultural industries as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction are promoted.

Main activities

  • Promoting network-building and strengthening the capacities among 90 cultural managers of Zimbabwe’s top arts and culture festivals on business skills such as marketing, accounting and administration and on local policies and legislation on festivals.
  • Conducting a five-day workshop to train the leaders of Zimbabwe’s most prominent cultural industries organizations and civil society associations on effective management and corporate governance, resource mobilization and industrial and labour legislation.
  • Organizing an awareness raising meeting for 50 representatives of city councils across the country and members of civil society organizations working in the field of cultural industries in order to discuss and share information on the role of local authorities in the promotion of the cultural industries.

How does this project contribute to the implementation of the 2005 Convention?

  • Reinforces local skills and capacities: by providing training in effective management and corporate governance, this project will strengthen the skills of cultural managers in Zimbabwe, promote income generation and underline the importance of the link between culture and development.
  • Strengthens an existing cultural industry: the project aims to develop Zimbabwe’s arts festivals through a multi-faceted approach including advocacy, network development and training activities.
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