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consolidates culture support to Zimbabwe
Development Agency (SIDA)
Extracted from It's
Sweden Newsletter - July 2005
July 01, 2005
is reviewing its funding mechanism to the arts and culture sector
in Zimbabwe following a successful evaluation of the Zimbabwe Culture
Fund. The process will see Sida phasing out support to some partners
receiving direct funding from the Embassy.
are looking at establishing the Culture Fund as a technical and
financial conduit for all programmes in the arts and culture sector
to ensure consistency and administrative effectiveness", says
Alpha Chapendama, Programme Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in
this does not mean we will abandon our existing partners. Rather,
we feel they will be served better by a more systematic and consolidated
funding system that responds to their needs," says Chapendama.
results of the evaluation show that the establishment of the Fund
was received with "excitement and expectations" in the
arts and culture community.
evaluation emphasises the need for investment in the capacity of
individuals and groups tasked with managing the affairs of the Fund,
including a proactive use of information and communication technologies
to enhance the Fund’s operations. It also recommends the need for
a strong ideology and a clear vision for the Fund.
the national character of the Fund, the evaluation says the Fund
should ensure that there is a regional and gender balance among
the artists receiving support.
current board of the Fund says it has already started the process
of restructuring at board and secretariat level to meet the challenges
that come with the new responsibilities.
are ready to take on the challenge which is why we are taking the
findings of the evaluation report seriously. We have tabled proposals
to restructure the organisation at both secretariat and board level",
says Titus Chipangura, chairperson of the Culture Fund.
added that "this implies that we adopt a new vision and mission
to take on the envisaged responsibilities".
will also discuss ways of ensuring that we build the capacities
of those that receive support from the Fund to ensure consistency
and sustainability," he said.
support to the culture sector in Zimbabwe started over two decades
ago. At the time, support was given in small grants to individual
artists. Today, cultural support has become one of the largest areas
of support with grants amounting to over US$1,5 million each year.
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