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The ACP-EU Culture Programe – Créer en Afrique Centrale has launched its third call for proposals to support cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in Central African as economic, social and cultural actors, with the aim of increasing the economic revenues of the creative sector, fostering the creation of sustainable jobs linked to the cultural sector as well as better accessibility, recognition and valorisation of artists and their works.

The call is open to organisations legally registered in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe.

This call for proposals contains three lots. Proposals can only be submitted for one of the following lots:

  • Lot 1: Projects aimed to improve the creation and production of cultural goods and services, to support market access and dissemination of goods and services or to promote image education among audiences, in particular young people.
  • Lot 2: Transnational projects that aim to encourage the mobility of artists and cultural and creative operators.
  • Lot 3: Projects aimed at developing skills and tools to support CCIs in the banking, finance and investment sectors in Central Africa

As an indication, the amount available for the call is €1,200,000.  Grants requested must be between 15,000 and 30,000 euros for lots 1 and 2 and between 15,000 and 115,000 euros for lot 3 and all projects must have a duration of between 8 and 12 months.

Depending on the objectives of their project, organisations are invited to consider the diversity of needs to be covered in terms of training, support for production, dissemination and access to culture, taking into account criteria of sustainability, structuring of the sectors and feasibility of the financial dimension of the project, as well as the co-financing thresholds indicated in the call. Proposals may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. The deadline for submission is Thursday 22 December 2022 at 11:59AM (GMT).

For more information on the call for proposals and to access the submission documents, please click here.

The consortium will organise two online information sessions to explain the rules for participation and the general aspects of the call. The first session will take place on 3 november (click here to register) and the second on 17 november (click here to register).

The ACP-EU Culture Programme – Créer en Afrique centrale is co-financed by the ACP-EU Culture Programme, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) whose mandate is to stimulate the potential of the cultural and creative sector and its contribution to the socio-economic development of ACP countries. Créer en Afrique centrale is implemented by InterartsCulture et Development, the Economic Community of Central African States, and the Institut National des Arts. The Regional Center for Living Arts in Africa – (CERAV/Africa)Arterial Network and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) are associate partners of the project.

First Edition of the Forum of Regions of Africa (FORAF) -DAY 1: Advocacy for the emergence of an Africa of peoples

SAIDIA, Morocco, September 8, 2022-

Under The High Patronage of His Majesty The King Mohammed VI, the first edition of the Forum of Regions of Africa (FORAF), has been launched, this 8th September 2022, in Saïdia, the Oriental Region of Morocco. This gathering is organised by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) , in collaboration with the Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM), the Council of the Oriental Region (CRO) and the Directorate General of Territorial Collectivities (DGCT) of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Representing the Minister of Interior of Morocco, the Wali, Secretary General of Ministry of Interior, Mr. Mohamed Faouzi, the President of UCLG Africa, Madam Fatimetou Abdel Malick, the President of ARM, Madam Mbarka Bouaida and Mr. Abdennabi Bioui, President of the Regional Council of the Oriental Region took part to the official ceremony in presence of more than 400 delegates, thrilled to attend this historical moment held for the first time.

The proceedings are centered around “The contribution of Regional Governments to the sustainable development and to the dynamics of integration of Africa“.

At the opening ceremony on 8 September 2022, Madam Fatimetou Abdel Malick said in her statement “Decentralisation is now an irreversible movement in Africa. An increasing number of African countries have established a second level of governance between the national and local levels”.

More than 60 Presidents or Governors of regions from 21 African countries are attending this Forum, including Nigeria, Congo, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Mauritania, Kenya, South Africa etc. “The presence at this first edition of our Forum of representatives of so many African countries, is the recent expression of our common belonging to the great African family. It reflects our commitment to our natural, geographical and political roots”, said Madam Mbarka Bouaida to the attendees and to the press.

Mr. Mohamed Faouzi completed this statement, saying that: “The objective of this Forum is to achieve a vision that can define a framework for African citizens; a framework that meets the needs of the people, without compromising the needs of the future generations; a framework to enable regional officials to build Africa by, and for Africans”.

Mr. Abdennabi Bioui, President of Oriental Region, recalled that “the idea of creation the Forum of African Regions was born here, in our region, our land. This land connects the present to the past and anticipates the future with a spirit that understands that the goals of liberation from colonialism are the same as the goals of sustainable development, considering that at the end, in both cases, the objective is to achieve African development”.

The presence at this first edition of our Forum of representatives of so many African countries, is the recent expression of our common belonging to the great African family

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General,  underlined that he hoped that “through the discussions and deliberations that will be held during these two days we will be able to realise how much we can and should do to change the face of our continent, by commencing to plant the seeds leading to the emergence of the Africa of the Peoples beyond the Africa of the National States that is the Africa We Want”.

The Program of the day included the following sessions:

Panel 1 : Regional Governments and institutional Environment

Panel 2 : Regional Governments, climate change and resilience

Panel 3 : Regional Governments, and Territorial Competitiveness

Panel 4 : Regional Governments and the challenge of human and financial resources challenges

Panel 5 : Regional Governments and Open Government

Panel 6 : Regional Governments and African Integration

During the second day on 9 September 2022 the Forum will focus on the discussion of the roadmap of the FORAF and the election of FORAF office bearers.

Official signing ceremony of the Framework Partnership Agreements between the European commission and the Associations of Local Authorities

The Presidents of the five largest associations of local and regional governments will meet with Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, on 12 September in Brussels. Local governments leaders will discuss and reaffirm their partnership with the European Union to promote international development.   

The five local government Presidents participating are: 

  • Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris (France), President of the International Association of French-Speaking Mayors (AIMF) 
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) and of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) & PLATFORMA 
  • Rev Mpho Moruakgomo, former President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) 
  •  Jan van Zanen, Mayor of The Hague (Netherlands), Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) 
  •  Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President of the Regional Council of Nouakchott (Mauritania), President of United Cities and Local Governments – Africa (UCLG Africa). 

The five presidents will be accompanied by the respective secretaries-general and will also meet with other senior EU officials, including Koen Doens, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA)

The first Framework Partnership Agreements were signed seven years ago between these five associations and the European Union. They were renewed last spring for a period of four years. 

On the occasion of the renewal, the five associations committed to strengthening local and regional governments in Europe and in third countries“, in particular to implement Sustainable Development Goals aiming “to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.” 

Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o: Determined to propel Kisumu forward!

On August 25, 2022, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o was sworn in for his second term as Governor of Kisumu City, Kenya. After 5 years at the helm of Kenya’s third largest city, he has managed to regain the trust of his fellow citizens after the general elections held on August 9.

Under his leadership, Kisumu County has been able to implement major projects from his campaign platform such as the upgrading and modernization of the region’s largest facility, the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital (JOOTRH). “A landmark development in the hospital is the construction of the Comprehensive Cancer Care and Blood Disorder Center to comprehensively manage cancers and other blood disorders“, Nyong’o said in his fourth State of the County Address. The Nyongo administration has built three new wards and increased the capacity from 600 to 850 beds at JOOTRH. In addition, the county government also installed an oxygen plant. Other achievements of his first term include the creation of a modern sports complex, the establishment of village councils, the construction of an ultramodern regional disaster and fire management center along Obote Road, and the holding of the 9th Africities  Summit in Kisumu (May 17-21, 2022).

For the first time, an intermediate city hosted the Africities Summit, UCLG Africa’s flagship event held every 3 years in one of the five regions of the continent. In addition to meeting the challenge of organization, Kisumu broke the record of participation with 11,000 delegates present, a result that the governor of Kisumu wishes to see other intermediate cities achieve, because they must become structuring poles of sustainable development in Africa.

For his new mandate, in his manifesto entitled “Building the future on the foundations we have laid”, Nyong’o committed himself to revitalizing agriculture for food security and agribusiness. He wants to revive rice production, processing and marketing. Nyong’o has also pledged to invest in water, the environment and education by promoting skills development and innovation.

Internationally, the governor of Kisumu does not hesitate to advocate for the interests of local governments. For him, “the political liberation and economic emancipation of Africa cannot be one-country affair. By necessity, it must be a pan-African movement with international solidarity”.   Since May 19, 2022, he is a member of the executive committee and the presidency of UCLG Africa in his capacity as elected Vice President for the East Africa region.

Bio Express

Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o graduated from Makerere University, Kampala, in 1971 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Political Science and Philosophy before proceeding to the University of Chicago where he received his MA (1974) and PhD (1977) in Political Science. He taught at the University of Nairobi (1977-81), El Colegio de Mexico (1971-84) and Addis Ababa University (1984-86) then joined the African Academy of Sciences as Head of Programs from 1987 to 1992. Having been involved in the struggle against authoritarian rule in Kenya throughout his academic career, he was among the leaders who made a breakthrough into the multiparty political system in 1992. He was then elected to Parliament in that year and has served in various capacities since then. He was Minister for Planning and National Development (2003-2005) and Minister for Medical Services (2008-2013), Senator of Kisumu County (2013-2017) and currently Governor of Kisumu County. He has published several books and articles on democracy, democratization, the state and the political economy of development in Africa. Among the publications are “Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa”, (London: Zed Books, 1987); “The Study of African Politics: A Critical Appreciation of A Heritage” (Nairobi: Ball Foundation, 2002); “A Leap Into the Future” (Nairobi: Word Alive Publishers, 2095). In 1995 he was awarded the German-African Award for his contribution to democracy and democratization in Africa. He was recently Gro Harlem Brundland Senior Leadership Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard School of Public Health from Dec. 2013 to March 2014.

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Africities Explained To Youth!

As part of the communication actions around the Africities 9 summit scheduled from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, UCLG Africa and the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication (ISIC), Rabat combine their efforts with the establishment of 3 newsrooms (Radio, TV, Print) composed of students of ISIC. This podcast is produced in the framework of this program.

UCLG Africa is particularly interested in youth through its seven priority areas of action in its strategic vision GADDEPA 2.0 (2021-2030).

Let us recall that ISIC and UCLG Africa collaborate closely through a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed in March 2021