Advocacy and Information Sharing: Promoting the creative sector in South Africa.

Arterial Network – South African Chapter (NGO), South Africa
IFCD Funding: US$ 73,514.93 | Timeline: June 2014 – December 2015

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The project aims at empowering the creative community in South Africa by strengthening their capacities and giving them access to critical information on funding opportunities.

Project leader: Arterial Network – South African Chapter

The Arterial Network – South African chapter is a local NGO committed to the promotion of a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector.

Expected results

  • The capacities of 20 members of civil society organizations are strengthened to influence policy-making.
  • A web-based database containing relevant information about over 200 cultural organizations is developed.
  • The South African creative community’s awareness about the UNESCO 2005 Convention and national cultural policies is raised.

Main activities

  • Carrying out two workshops in cultural policy advocacy and arts marketing in Cape Town and Johannesburg using the ‘Arterial Network Lobbying and Advocacy Toolkit’.
  • Conducting a survey to collect information on the number, size and performance of organizations operating in the cultural sector in South Africa.
  • Hosting four public debates in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in order to raise awareness about the opportunities the UNESCO 2005 Convention offers to the cultural and creative community.

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

  • Increases income-generating opportunities and access to funding resources in the cultural industries – The database improves access to funding, contacts and resources to set up partnerships and alliances and start new ventures.
  • Promotes the exchange of key information on local cultural organizations and transparency – The web-based database reveals relevant information for a broad array of stakeholders in the sector: namely policy-makers and cultural practitioners.



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