Pool of experts in cultural policies

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Joffe, Avril (South Africa)

Ms Joffe is the director of Creativity Avriljoffe (CAJ). She is a development economist with more than 15 years professional experience in the field of culture, culture and development and cultural and creative industries, and more than 25 years in project management, organizational governance, policy development, industry strategy and training. Ms Joffe’s areas of focus are cultural policy, creative industries, creative economy, project management and mapping exercises.

She has notably developed generic cultural policy frameworks and toolkits on fundraising for the arts on behalf of ARTerial Network. She has also developed a number of training programmes such as in entrepreneurship, arts management, and research skills for measurement and mapping. In addition, she has worked as a consultant and delivered training programmes both independently and on behalf of UNCTAD, ILO, UNESCO and individual governments throughout Africa including in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal.

Technical assistance missions undertaken

► Mauritius: A strategy to strengthen the cultural industry sector
Avril contributed to defining a clear approach for the development of the country's cultural industries, notably through an action analysing the current situation of these industries and making relevant recommendations to enhance their development.

► Seychelles: Establishing culture as a driving force for economic and social development
Avril participated actively in the drafting of a Creative Industries Policy aimed at strengthening artists and cultural practitioners' entrepreneurial skills to truly increase their presence on national, regional and international markets.

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