The link between international development and culture
Investing in People Programme - Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector
The programme supports projects in the area of human and social development for all partner countries and covers several domains, among them culture, which benefits from a fund allocation of EUR 50 million for the period 2007-2013.
Through this programme, the Commission is also promoting culture in new regions – outside the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the southern Mediterranean, where it has long been active Actions must take place in at least two of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) eligible partner countries or territories listed here.
ENPI Eastern Partnership Culture Programme Actions must take place in at least two of the following countries of the Eastern Partnership: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.
It aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the Eastern ENP region.
It contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. The programme seeks to support regional initiatives which demonstrate positive cultural contributions to economic development, social inclusion, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue.
This Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will provide both technical assistance, to address specific priority needs of public institutions and the region's cultural sector, and grants to civil society cultural organisations – profit and non-profit – and national and local institutions for regional cooperation projects.
The Programme will encompass the entire cultural sector, including cinema and the audiovisual sector, contemporary arts, tangible and intangible heritage, as well as support to heritage conservation projects.
The general objective of the Programme is to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through the promotion of an enabling environment for creativity, cooperation and exchanges, independence and viability of the cultural sector in the ACP States, as well as the safeguarding of cultural diversity and fundamental cultural values.
Open to the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union Member States that are signatories to the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
A second call for proposals is scheduled for mid-2012.
One of the projects supported was "ARPEM" Presentation which aims to contribute to the cultural diversity of ACP countries, by offering support for the music industries in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
For more information about supported culture projects financed by DG Development and Cooperation, use this link.