Cultural Policy Task Team

Cultural Policy Task Group 2014

Arterial Network recognizes the importance of cultural policies that set the institutional framework for the development, protection and advancement of the arts, culture and heritage in African countries. We regard cultural policies as key to articulating a national vision for arts, culture and heritage, and call for the strategies that will appropriately promote them. Since 2009, we have been actively involved in the promotion, the advocacy and the debate evolving around cultural policies on the African continent.

The  2014 Arterial Network Cultural policy Task group (CPTG) will comprise of  the following members:

Ammar Kessab - Algeria, Avril Joffe- South Africa, Basma El Husseiny- Egypt, George Ngwane- Cameroon;  Jenny Mbaye- Senegal, Joy Mboya- Kenya, Patrick Mudekereza- Congo DRC, Stephen Chifunyise- Zimbabwe, Yarri Kamara- Burkina Faso; William Codjo- Benin, Ayeta Wangusa-Uganda.Dr Daniel Gad from the University of Hildesheim in Germany will be an associate member of the CPTG. For mentorship purposes, Florence Majachani- Zimbabwe, Dounia Benslimane- Morocco, Espera Donouvossi- Benin and Nadia Nkwaya- Rwanda will also join this core group of experts. 


    Ammar Kessab (PhD) is a Governance Expert at the African Development Bank (AfDB), based in Tunis. Specialist in public management, he often collaborates with international organizations in the field of financial management in the cultural sector, culture & development and cultural policies. He is member of the Steering Committee of El Mawred El Thakafy and member of the Cultural policy task force of Arterial Network.

    Winner of the 2009 “Young Achievers Award” Culture & Development in Africa, he published several chapters in books and articles.
    To contact Ammar:



    Ms Joffe is the director of Creativity Avriljoffe (CAJ). She is a development economist with more than 15 years professional experience in the field of culture, culture and development and cultural and creative industries, and more than 25 years in project management, organizational governance, policy development, industry strategy and training. Ms Joffe’s areas of focus are cultural policy, creative industries, creative economy, project management and mapping exercises.

    She has notably developed generic cultural policy frameworks and toolkits on fundraising for the arts on behalf of Arterial Network. She has also developed a number of training programmes such as in entrepreneurship, arts management, and research skills for measurement and mapping. In addition, she has worked as a consultant and delivered training programmes both independently and on behalf of UNCTAD, ILO, UNESCO and individual governments throughout Africa including in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal.

    To contact Avril:


    Ms El Husseiny is the managing director of Culture Resource. Through this organization, she has been coordinating a cultural policies review of 8 Arab territories (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria) and is establishing national cultural policy working groups.

    Ms El Husseiny has extensive experience in the elaboration and implementation of cultural policies, financing of the culture sector and of cultural enterprises, and managing international cooperation projects in the field of culture. She has notably worked with the EU, the Ford Foundation and the British Council. She has a rich experience in the Arab region, as well as a good knowledge of other regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, India and Europe.

    To contact Basma:


    Dr. Daniel Gad is the academic associate at the Department of Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim. He holds a phd doctorate in “The Art of Development Cooperation. Concepts and Programs of a Foreign Cultural Policy of the Nordic Countries”. He is the current manager of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development at University of Hildesheim.

    He has worked on various project, commissioned studies and conference management as a freelancer for the German Development Service (DED), the German Commission for UNESCO, the Church Development Service (EED), Goethe- Institute, Heinrich-Boell-Foundation, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Institute for Church and Society, Pan y Arte .

    He is a member of the U40 Cultural Diversity Group by UNESCO.


    Dounia Benslimane, born in Casablanca the 5th February 1977, medical doctor, worked for 8 years in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. Then, switched to arts and culture sector in October 2011 as general manager of "La Fondation des Arts Vivants" (theatre association). Coordinator of "La Fabrique Culturelle des anciens abattoirs de Casablanca" since September 2011. Co-founder and former treasurer of Racines - association for cultural development in Morocco and Africa ( and AN National Chapter in Morocco since 2010. Member of the Arterial Network (since 2010). Worked as coordinator/project manager on several projects: Artwatch Africa, African Festival Network, Freedom of Conscience in Morocco... Member of Casamemoire (since 2008) - association for the protection of the modern architectural heritage - and its treasurer (2010-2012). 


    Espera Donouvossi, a Benin-born arts journalist, is the Projects Manager: National chapters for Arterial Network. He is a graduate of Linguistics and Communication (French) and International Relations from University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. He went to South Africa in 2008 to study English Applied Communicative Skills after which he worked as a research assistant and translator for the Consultancy Creativity Arts and Jobs (CAJ) in Johannesburg headed by Avril Joffe-Hunter, an expert in the African Creative Economy and Cultural Policy.

    He undertakes various project management duties, as well as a variety of general functions particularly in support of the development and sustainability of Arterial Network’s national chapters. 


    Florence is a specialist in cultural policy, arts advocacy, creative economy and industries. She holds Honours in Theatre Arts and Masters in Arts and Culture Management degrees and has significant experience facilitating the implementation of efficient and culture-sensitive development policies and programmes in Africa. Currently she is an independent research consultant in the field of arts and culture management in Zimbabwe where her clients include Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, Hivos and Nhimbe Trust among others. She is also the author of the cultural policy profile of Zimbabwe, which is featured on the World Compendium on Cultural Policies Website.


    George Ngwane is author of eight books and feature essayist in national and international newspapers. He is currently Chairman of the National Book Development Council, Cameroon, Executive Director of AFRICAphonie (, member of the Advisory Board of the ,African Book Publishing Record Columbia, U.S.A and former recipient of the Scholar at Risk Fund Fellowship (U.S.A) in 2004.

    He is a contributor to African online culture blogs and has a personal blog on democracy, development and culture (


    Jenny Fatou Mbaye has a post-doctoral fellowship at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests include development and cultural entrepreneurship, creative work and industries, as well as policies and practices linked to cultural production in Africa, particularly urban music in Francophone West Africa. Ms Mbaye has worked in cultural organizations and in the media in Senegal and Burkina Faso, and as a university researcher in Canada and the United Kingdom.

    Between 2008 and 2011, she worked regularly with Accents Multiple, a cultural engineering and mediation office based in Dakar. She has a PhD in human geography (specializing in urban cultural economy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, 2011), a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in management of cultural organizations from HEC Montreal (2006), an MSc in international studies (specializing in ethnomusicology) from the University of Montreal (UdeM, 2005) and a BA in sociology from Concordia University (2003).


    Joy Mboya is the founding and executive director of a non-profit performing and visual arts centre called The Godown. She is a trustee of the Gaara Dance Foundation (Kenya) and the Kalasha Film Awards (Kenya). Until 2011, she was a steering member of the pan-African Arterial Network. Ms. Mboya is very active in theatre in Nairobi, both as an actress and as a writer/director of musicals, and has launched two very popular and successful annual cultural events: the Love Jam and Vunja Mifupa Games.Ms. Mboya graduated from Princeton University with a major in architecture and pursued post-graduate studies in voice at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts, Sydney.

    She also has  served as the United Nations Expert for the meeting on the right to freedom of artistic expression held in Geneva, in December 4–5, 2013. 



    Nadia holds a Master level degree in International Relations and a Master in Project Management for Development. Her areas of expertise are regional integration and performing arts in the African Great Lakes region with interests in cultural diplomacy, African Cultural heritage, its preservation, recognition and also the relation between culture, economy and peace building. Her main role is to maintain and build Arterial Network database, directory and research so as to broaden the reach, effectiveness and knowledge base of the Network. 

    She is the Research Manager at Arterial Network. 


    The author and creative artist Patrick Mudekereza lives and works in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is consultant on visual art and cultural policy for various organizations. He has the initiator of numerous events and cultural infrastructure in the areas of the fine arts, music, theatre, literature and cinema. At the same time, he studied industrial chemistry at the Polytechnical Faculty of the University of Lubumbashi, where he was awarded a degree in engineering.

    Since 2004 Patrick Mudekereza has been professionally active in the cultural sphere. He was chief editor of the cultural journal Nzenze, general secretary of the artist group Vicanos and project manager of the young citizens’ forum. For five years Mudekereza worked in the French cultural centre of Lubumbashi as programme planner, with a special focus on fine arts. Since 2008 he has been running the art centre of the association Rencontres Picha and is also a member of Arterial Network. 


    Mr Chifunyise is an arts, culture and education consultant and the Principal of the Zimbabwe Academy of Arts Education for Development (ZAAED). He is currently the Chairman of several organisations in Zimbabwe that deal notably with cultural diversity, publishing, performing arts and intangible heritage. He has particular knowledge on theatre issues and has facilitated numerous theatre for development and theatre skills workshops in Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Cameroon.Over the past 25 years, Mr Chifunyise has been involved in cultural policy formulation and evaluation in Africa.

    He contributed in particular to the evaluation of cultural policies in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mauritius and is a founding member of the Observatory on Cultural Policies in Africa. Furthermore, he was Director of Cultural Services in Zambia and Permanent Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture in the Government of Zimbabwe. He played a prominent role in the development of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Arts and Culture Festivals from 1994 to 2000 and chaired the Southern African Film Festival (1990 -1996). Finally, he facilitated the review and classification of the culture sector and the formulation of the National Action Plan for the Culture Sector in Botswana in 2004 - 2008.


    Ayeta Anne Wangusa is a writer and advocate for the role of culture in national development policies. She is a founding member of FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writers Association, and of the African Writers Trust, for which she currently serves on the advisory board. She was also a judge of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (African Region) in 2003.

    She has had a parallel career in print journalism, social development, governance and accountability. Until end June 2012, she was East Africa’s representative on the Commonwealth Civil Society Advisory Committee. In 2009, she was a member of the Commonwealth Group on Culture and Development. These roles have pushed Ms Wangusa to be involved in the establishment of Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) in 2011, a civil society organization which is involved in advocating for the mainstreaming of culture in national and regional economic communities (RECs) policies.


    Mr Codjo is an independent consultant. For over 10 years he has been involved in the business and cultural industry sector, and his field of expertise covers many areas, and more specifically: policy and cultural strategy, development of institutional capacities, strategies to facilitate access to credit and for the funding of culture, cultural stakeholder training, evaluation of development frameworks and programmes and/or supporting cultural action. Mr Codjo has carried out several missions funded by the EU, IFO, EBID, UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union), UNESCO and the Ministry of Benin in charge of culture

    As a financial expert, he was recently involved in a mission the aim of which was to support the beneficiaries of the “Regional Fund for the promotion of cultural exchanges in West Africa” (COWI, EU, UEMOA). Mr Codjo owns considerable professional experience in numerous African countries, and most notably through his implication as a trainer in the framework of the IFO’s programme for the development of cultural businesses, instigated to support cultural businesses in the fields of cinema, edition and music.


    Yarri Kamara is a pan-African, originally hailing from Sierra Leone and Uganda, who has lived in several West and East African countries, including Kenya and currently Burkina Faso. She is a development economist by training with a wide range of interests mostly centred around the development of the private sector. In the field of culture, Yarri has a keen interest in the growth of cultural industries on the African continent. She has undertaken research for UNESCO on supporting the development of cultural enterprises in developing countries and more recently on the challenges faced by African women entrepreneurs in the live arts and fashion sectors. Yarri regularly undertakes policy analysis and statistical survey work in other fields and tries to apply these skills to the culture sector when the opportunity arises.

    On a personal level, Yarri has a passion for dance and enjoys translating.