North Africa Cultural Program (NACP)


By developing a Regional Cultural Program, Switzerland seeks to facilitate intercultural dialogue and exchange as a foundation for peace and conflict sensitive development in North Africa and to foster artistic expression as a driver of change in support to the challenges of transition. This will promote peaceful coexistence, political stability and social cohesion in the region, hence providing alternatives for the fulfillment of North African youth in their own societies.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Nordafrika
Kultur & Bewusstsein für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Menschenrechte
Kultur & Freizeit
Menschenrechte (inkl. Frauenrechte)
01.11.2023 - 31.10.2027
CHF  5’650’000
Hintergrund In the transformation of North African societies since 2011, the role of culture as a vector of diversity, opportunities and linkages between communities has become prominent. The arts and culture sector is affected by economic and social hardships as well as by a heritage of censorship and poor governance. Government bodies and private institutions are not sufficiently equipped and funded to effectively support artistic and cultural practitioners, institutions and modes of expression. However, stakeholders in the Arts and Culture display a broad range of talents and innovative approaches and they have the potential to support and realize the creativity of North African artists and to disseminate their visions among young people in the region.
Ziele The overall goal of the NACP is to continue strengthening intercultural dialogue, solidarity and livelihoods and empower creative expression as a vehicle for change in the purpose of strengthening political stability, economic prosperity and migration management by encouraging dialogue and understanding among people in the region as well as preventing violence across the North Africa region as well as within each of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt
Zielgruppen

The direct target group:

  • Independent arts and culture institutions and organizations, exhibition platforms, and spaces (with or having potential wide outreach and connectivity)
  • Civil society organizations that focus on culture
  • Cultural industry enterprises
  • Academic and training institutions focusing on culture and/or the arts

The end beneficiaries:

  • Young or emerging women and men artists
  • Cultural practitioners and technicians working in the production, preservation, and distribution of local artistic works

The Indirect beneficiaries:
Individuals of all nationalities, ages, and gender throughout each of the five countries of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco, neighboring countries and diaspora communities.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

1. Arts and culture organizations in North Africa are strengthened as a result of improved institutional capacities, meaningful and relevant programmatic offerings, and better positioning within the cultural landscape.

2. North Africa's arts and culture landscape witnesses increased understanding of the common regional themes, appreciation of artistic and cultural works through regional collaborations, joint productions, and distribution.

3. The arts and culture landscape in North Africa shifts towards more professionalization through tailored skills and capacities that ensure local arts and culture organizations are able to prosper internally and locally and thrive regionally.

4. The cultural ecosystem in North Africa is further connected through exchange and building alliances, and aligned vis-à-vis cultural policies and cultural rights.

5. North African arts and culture organizations and initiatives are more aware of and more proactive in their social and economic contribution.

Resultate

Erwartete Resultate:  

  1. Up to 18 new arts and culture institutions and spaces (not previous NACP grantees) are supported with core funding.
  2. Up to 6 continuity grants are distributed to previous NACP grantees
  3. Supported institutions strengthen their internal capacities in identified areas for improvement
  4. Supported Institutions expand/create/upgrade their programs
  5. Supported Institutions create local partnerships
  6. Up to 15 joint regional projects are created regionally
  7. Up to 8 new collaborations are supported with seed funding
  8. Out of the 8 seed funding projects are supported further to create joint artistic projects
  9. Supported projects are distributed, disseminated and circulated to audiences regionally
  10. Up to 12 small- and medium-sized institutions benefit from an in-depth needs assessment workshop
  11. Up to 12 small- and medium-sized institutions receive tailored support and mentorship in areas identified through needs assessment workshop
  12. Up to 8 new collaborations (RCCF Seed Funding) benefit from accompaniment and partnership development training
  13. Up to 30 cultural managers (representing the arts and culture institutions supported through national and regional funds) receive a leadership training program
  14. Up to 6 local alliances are supported
  15. Peer-to-peer exchange and learning takes place through facilitating staff swap and mobility among supported institutions/projects
  16. Up to 3 local network meetings at country level takes place annually per country or by proxy (in the case of Libya for example)
  17. Up to 3 regional convening are organized over the program duration bringing together program grantees and stakeholders
  18. NACP online platform is further developed and updated as a tool for knowledge, exchange, visibility, and advocacy
  19. Supported organizations and projects demonstrate inclusivity ( for women, youth and geographic spread outside central cities) at the level of involved team members, targeted beneficiaries, and outreach
  20. Supported organizations and projects create job opportunities for the youth and otherwise
  21. A number of supported organizations/projects are able to build evidence about their social impact


Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

During the first phase, the effectiveness of the program was mainly palpable in sustaining cultural institutions with funds, tools, and resources through long-term organizational and collaborative support.

The opportunity of designing 3-year-long projects helped organizations have the needed time to create meaningful and tailored interventions, whether on the levels of their organizations or that of collaborations.

The program operated on three levels in the two funding strands it offered: institutionally, programmatically, and collaboratively.

Institutionally: Core support grants allowed institutions the space to strategize, build teams, grow impact, and rehabilitate. Arts and culture institutions were supported with core funding, which resulted in strengthened and sustained capacities in programming, diffusion, audience engagement, and outreach. This was translated into sustainability planning, protecting and renovating cultural spaces, protecting archives, and strategic planning to set up organizational structures.

Programatically: Activating networks, archives, and socially engaged arts and culture initiatives were a strong priority for the NACP grantee organizations' programmatic focus in its first phase, in addition to their consolidated work around organizational structuring and development. Cultural spaces were supported for increased engagement and artistic programming that focused on research, rethinking and criticism, and the diversification of artistic and disciplinary mediums.

Collaboratively, and at the level of promoting collaborations and partnerships, the program responded to the need for more joint artistic projects to be created regionally, where artistic works and productions are distributed, disseminated, and circulated to broad audiences. This increased the understanding of common regional themes and appreciation of artistic and cultural works by enabling joint productions and distribution, as well as increased the professionalization of arts and cultural practices, infrastructure, and resources.

On the other hand, and based on the results of the mid-term evaluation, AFAC is rethinking the offerings of the national fund support scheme. The latter will still support institutional and programmatic areas, with a focus on entities that have strong public programs, with diversification of supported entities between the center and peripheries, and with an eye on the absorption capacity of each entity that translates into the grant amount and its percentage from the overall budget. A special approach will be developed for previous national fund grantees from phase 1 in an attempt to make space for new potential grantees without losing the connections created in phase 1. As such, national fund grantees of phase 1 will be eligible and can compete for three support options: a final top-up grant; a consortium of institutions resulting from the networks formed on the local level during phase 1; or the collaborative regional fund.

To ensure supporting solid organic collaborations that preceded the opportunity offered by NACP while working towards developing new solid collaborations in a mindful unrushed manner, and after monitoring closely the collaborations offered by the program in the regional fund, some modifications will be done in the regional fund support scheme, where it will devise a two-tier support approach:
(1) seed funding for new collaborations over 6 months after which they become eligible to apply for a larger amount
(2) bigger support to existing collaborations before NACP calls

Connecting the two support schemes, and emanating from learnings and recommendations from phase 1, additional elements will be implemented such as:

  • needs assessment (based on Organizational Mapping Tool – OMT) followed by the design of tailored capacity-building and professional support for each supported entity under both schemes
  • annual meetings to share practices, exchange knowledge, build synergies, and connect with policymakers and stakeholders from the other sectors
  • planned residencies that allow for peer-to-peer learning institutions by swapping team members
  • incentives for sub-grantees who wish to form/activate networks on local and/or regional levels
  • further exploration of the NACP digital platform developed during phase 1 as an active documentation tool and resource


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Privatsektor
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Süden/Osten
  • The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was selected after a competitive tender in phase 1


Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren
  1. Swiss Embassies’ in the region
  2. Swiss institutions providing support to culture in the region will be consulted and, provided opportunities arise, associated to the program (e.g. Pro Helvetia, Drosos)
  3. Other donors such as: Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafi), EU Creative Europe Program, EU Media and Culture for Development in the Southern Mediterranean Region Program, the British Council, Goethe Institute, Rosa Luxembourg Foundation
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    5’650’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    1’433’661 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF    5’650’000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   5’500’000 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   11’200’000
Projektphasen Phase 2 01.11.2023 - 31.10.2027   (Laufende Phase) Phase 1 15.12.2018 - 31.03.2023   (Completed)