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The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was launched in February 2009 to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

AFAI Organisation

AFAI’s vision is for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector that contributes to development, human rights and democracy on the continent

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Cultural Governance & Leadership

Developing the leadership of civil society organisations (NGOs, networks, etc) and government agencies active in the sector.

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Empowering Artists

Help Desk and a Toolkit providing information about legal, funding, technical issues as well as other advice.

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Research and Cultural Policy

Researching and helping to develop theoretical tools and perspectives on international cultural policies.

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Market Development

Developing South African and international markets for African artists and creative goods.

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Human Rights & Democracy

Promoting democracy, freedom of expression and human rights through the arts.

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Recent News

28Nov

Overall Cultural Leadership Programme Training Statistics

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Please see some stats on our ambitious “African Cultural Leadership Training Programme” to date: OVERALL CULTURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME TRAINING STATS... Read More →
28Nov

AFAI Business of Arts Master Classes a hit!

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“The course gave me a map with which to negotiate my future. It gave me developments, new perspectives and refreshed... Read More →
28Nov

The place of the arts within civil society movements: reflections of the ICSW 2014

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The International Civil Society Week (ICSW) – spearheaded by CIVICUS – was officially opened on Friday evening, 21 November, at... Read More →

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