The Partnership Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, of the one part, and the European Union (EU), of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000 and revised in 2005 (the Cotonou Agreement), identifies culture as an integral part of the cooperation strategy in the partnership between the ACP countries and the EU. The ‘2014-2020 Strategy Paper and Indicative Programme’ for intra‑ACP cooperation, 11th EDF, provides for the implementation of a programme designed to increase the revenue of creative industries in ACP countries by fostering recognition of their work, encouraging its commercial exploitation and improving its accessibility both locally and internationally.
In 2005, the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions established for the first time a cultural pillar in global governance.
The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development adopts 17 goals to transform our world. Culture is explicitly mentioned in the objectives relating to education, reducing inequalities and sustainable growth.
Centred on Agenda 2030, the new European Consensus on Development (2017) specifies in Article 35 that “culture is both an enabler and an important component of development and may facilitate social inclusion, freedom of expression, identity building, civil empowerment and conflict prevention while strengthening economic growth”.
Moreover, according to the Final Report of the Joint Assessment of Intra-ACP Programmes in Support of Culture (July 2016), the intra-ACP programmes were particularly relevant with regard to EU‑ACP cooperation strategies and the development of the ACP countries’ cultural sectors.
At the 4th meeting of Ministers held in Brussels in November 2017, the ACP States adopted a new Declaration on Culture. The Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries recognised the key role of culture as a driver for economic growth and sustainable human development and reaffirmed their commitment to making culture a priority sector in their countries by implementing concrete actions and programmes.
Objectives of the programme and priority issues.
The global objective of this call for proposals is to foster the economic and social development of the ACP countries by stimulating the whole of the cultural and creative sector.
The specific objective(s) of this Call for Proposals are:
In order to achieve these objectives, there will be support for four strands:
a) creating/producing high-quality goods and services, at competitive prices, and in increased quantities,
b) access to national, regional and international markets, circulation/dissemination/promotion of ACP goods and services,
c) visual literacy,
d) improving access to financing through innovative mechanisms that allow co-financing and aim to reduce ACP cultural operators’ dependency on international financing.
Digital input is recommended for the implementation of the four strands set out above.
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