Cultural Leadership Programme
The African Arts Institute’s three-year continental Cultural Leadership Training Programme, is funded by the European Union’s Investing in People programme, and is implemented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut.
The three-year programme will lay the basis for five regional training hubs for Cultural Leadership, Train-the-Trainer and Entrepreneurship programmes. These hubs are being established by AFAI in Southern Africa, and by project partners Casamemoire in Morocco, serving North Africa; by Groupe 30 Afrique in Senegal, serving West Africa; by Doual’art in Cameroon, serving Central Africa and by The GoDown Arts Centre in Kenya, serving East Africa.
The programme’s ultimate goal is to advance the cultural dimension of development and cultural diversity in Africa through improved cultural governance. The Institute proposes to capacitate skilled leadership effectively to formulate and implement policies and strategies, and effectively to manage civil society organisations and public institutions.
The programme targets leading arts professionals, government officials responsible for culture, those responsible for implementing cultural policy and others. Skilled leadership and effectively managed policies will benefit artists and cultural entrepreneurs as well as the general public.
The overall aim is to have at least 200 mid-high level professionals trained in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Governance, and Training pedagogy by the end of 2014 in all 54 African countries.
THE EUROPEAN UNION
The European Union’s Investing in People programme is the main thematic instrument of the European Commission for support of programmes in the area of human and social development. It is the only thematic programme which covers nearly all the Millennium Development Goals and all developing countries, giving priority to those in most need of assistance to achieve these goals. The particular areas looked at are education, health, gender equality, social cohesion, employment, childhood and youth, and culture. It supports activities under four main pillars: good health for all; education, knowledge and skills; gender equality; and other aspects of human and social development, which includes “culture”.