EU Fund Profile: EuropeAid

Posted 15th November 2012

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. Established on 3 January 2011, it is the result of the merger of parts of the former Directorate-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States  with the former EuropeAid Co-operation Office.

EuropeAid’s work is carried out with the ultimate aim of:

  • reducing poverty in the world;
  • ensuring sustainable development;
  • promoting democracy, peace and security.

Culture has an important place in the EU’s development cooperation, which seeks to:

  • give consideration to local and regional cultural specificities when designing and implementing development cooperation programmes and projects. Particular attention is given to targeting cultural aspects under specific sector programmes to accompany partners for a smooth evolution, where certain traditions and behaviours are damaging and jeopardise attempts to reduce inequalities and poverty;
  • encourage its partners to include culture in their own poverty reduction strategies and national development plans;
  • promote the conservation, dissemination and promotion of cultural diversity at local and national level;
  • stimulate the access of local people to their own culture and to income generating activities based on the dissemination of culture and traditional heritage;
  • promote intercultural dialogue at all levels and South-South cooperation;
  • support the establishment of networks for exchanges of expertise and good practice, as well as training and professionalisation of the sector.

For the period 2007-2013, the EU’s development action in this field is financed through two types of instruments:

  • the implementation of the policy at national and regional level is supported by geographical instruments, such as the European Development Fund (in the ACP countries), the Development Co-operation Instrument (in Latin America, Asia and South Africa), and the European Neighbourhood & Partnership Instrument (in the neighbouring regions);
  • the thematic programme Investing in people, where 50 million € are allocated to the culture strand under the heading “Access to local culture, protection and promotion of cultural diversity”, focuses on the development of policies that allow better access to and preservation of local culture and on offering opportunities for cultural exchange and strengthening contacts between cultural actors as a way of allowing multicultural and multiethnic dialogue aimed at the improvement of mutual understanding and respect, and preservation of local and indigenous culture and values.

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Project Example

WaPI (Words and Pictures) Enhancing Social Cohesion and Citizenship Through the Arts

Beneficiary countries: Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi and Sierra Leone

WaPi is a platform where culture and development meet to support Sub-Saharan African emerging artistic communities. It consists in a series of oneday events where emerging artists in 9 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa meet on a monthly basis to entertain and inform their wide audiences. WaPi gathers musicians, fashion designers, performing and visual artists with an interest in social or political activism. WaPi has covered themes linked to human rights, democracy, women rights, and other educational themes such as HIV and climate change. Read more here.

Current Call

Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth

Deadline 18 December 2012

Guidelines and Application

The call for proposals is divided into two lots, corresponding to two different specific objectives, as follows:

Lot 1: Encourage cultural expressions which promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and human and cultural rights, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation

Types of action which may be financed under Lot 1:
– raising awareness and building capacity of cultural actors, media and civil society in promoting human rights, intercultural dialogue and anti-discriminatory attitudes/practices, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation;
– stimulating cooperation between cultural actors, media, education professionals and civil society organisations active in promoting democracy and human rights, for the development and dissemination of diverse cultural content relevant to national and regional contexts;
– encouraging cultural expressions which promote human rights and fight all kinds of discrimination (on ethnic, gender, religious grounds, etc.);
– supporting cultural initiatives contributing to reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, in the context of inter-ethnic or inter-religious tensions and conflicts at national or regional level;
– supporting cultural initiatives which promote freedom of expression, including for minorities and marginalised populations, in the context of democratisation processes;
– supporting media initiatives and innovative dissemination tools that integrate cultural content promoting human rights and intercultural dialogue, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation;
– supporting participation of civil society in processes of cultural governance at local, national, regional and interregional levels and promoting inclusive cultural policies in respect of cultural diversity.

Lot 2: Strengthen capacities of cultural actors for the development of a dynamic cultural sector contributing to economic growth and sustainable development

– creating an enabling environment for creativity, innovation, professionalisation and entrepreneurship in the cultural sector;
– supporting the structuring and strengthening of professional associations and networks;
– improving capacities for technical and vocational training to create stronger links with the private sector, in order to increase employability of beneficiaries;
– enhancing skills and competence of cultural actors involved in the creation, production, distribution, marketing and management of cultural goods and services;
– assisting cultural actors in improving the distribution and marketing of cultural goods and services responding to local or regional demand, and creating adequate conditions for their circulation and access to national, regional and international markets;
– assisting cultural actors in mastering information and communication skills and technology, including new media;
– supporting transfer of knowledge, exchange of expertise and best practices among cultural actors.