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Our mission & vision
The Fund aims to contribute to the writing and creation of new narratives of positive social change in Africa through innovative projects that it funds.
Call for proposal
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Why the African Culture Fund ?
The challenge of the Fund is to be able to support diverse needs of professionalization, at all the value chain levels of the various sectors of cultural and creative industries, vectors of economic, social and human development in Africa.
African Culture Fund reasons to be
- Convergence of cultural funding resources to facilitate the financing of culture to both financial partners and project promoters ;
- Funding for professionalization projects for African artists and cultural entrepreneurs ;
- Search for appropriate mechanisms and adequate resources for financing cultural projects in Africa.
Our Promise for the African Creative and Cultural Sector
The ACF is committed to :
- Donors and funders to “Always manage and use their donations and contributions in strict compliance with the rules of good governance based on transparency, democracy and equity.”
- African cultural and creative artists and actors to: “Always objectively prioritize their priorities and needs”.
The Fund administrators
Expert in art and culture management, specialized in the management of cultural industries
Notorious creative entrepreneur, expert in art and Culture management, Mamou DAFFE is part of a new generation of social leaders whose mission is to design projects and local operations with a strong economic, cultural and social impact.
Since the beginning of his career in 1990, after a degree in Management of Organizations, Mr. DAFFE has quickly turned to business management.
Since then, he has created and managed several private small and medium-sized structures in his areas of interest and training, including the refrigeration industry, tourism, hotels and cultural industries.
In 2005, he founded the annual festival on the Niger River, which he directed until 2018, an artistic project to promote cultural expressions while stimulating the Malian economy through art.
The Festival sur le Niger is ranked among the main cultural events of West Africa. Designer of the innovative entrepreneurial model “Maaya Entrepreneurship”, a social entrepreneurial model based on humanistic values of Mali, he created in 2011, the Centre Culturel Kôrè of Ségou, a sub-regional reference center, for the development of arts and culture, specialized in Social Art and in the professionalization of artists and cultural actors in Mali and beyond.
Nowadays, the Centre Culturel Kôrè is ranked among the centers of excellence of the continent. After chairing the pan-African network of cultural actors – Arterial Network – from 2015 to 2017, he founded with the great artists and cultural actors of the continent the first African Culture Fund (ACF) in 2018, of which he became the first Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Mamou Daffé is the Director of the Centre Culturel Kôrè and Artistic Advisor of Ségou’Art – Festival sur le Niger.
George Camille is one of the most prolific and well-known visual artist in Seychelles.
In 1987, he established Sunstroke Studio, a design, fashion and screen print space that trained and employed more than 30 artisans and artists. He then established the first art gallery of Seychelles.
Camille has staged numerous group and personal exhibitions in Seychelles, Mauritius, Germany, Italy and Reunion, and more recently in Beijing, China.
He has exhibited in numerous private collections around the world. He recently represented Seychelles at the Venice Biennale and is the winner of the recent Seychelles Biennale in 2017.
Dr. Frannie Léautier is one of the most illustrious African finance and development practitioners of our times.
As a professional, an academic, and an entrepreneur with a long-standing experience at top executive and board of director-levels, she has been in the business of leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit spheres, including in advanced and emerging economies around the globe.
She served as Vice Chair of the Board, first independent Board Director, and Special Advisor of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). Dr. Léautier became TDB’s Chief Operating Officer on September 1st, 2018.
She is the Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the African Risk Capacity (ARC Ltd), a company providing market solutions to address the insurance needs of African countries against weather related risks likes floods and drought.
Dr. Léautier has occupied the functions of Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank (AfDB), Vice President at the World Bank Group (WBG) and Head of the World Bank Institute.
She is a well-recognised author and academic, having published numerous books, articles and papers in international development. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Development Program.
Dr. Léautier received an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters from North Central College in the US, and for her work in infrastructure, she is an Honorary Degree Graduand from Lancaster University in the UK.
In addition to winning various awards, including “Best Manager” and awards for excellence at the World Bank Group, she has been featured several times amongst the New African Magazine list of 100 most influential people in Africa.
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