Afrique Créative is an acceleration programme financed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and implemented by a consortium led by the Belgian non-profit organization Africalia with I&P Conseil from the group Investisseurs et Partenaires (I&P) (a pioneering group in impact investment in Africa), Zhu Culture (a cultural engineering consultancy based in Senegal) and Bayimba Foundation (a cultural production structure based in Uganda).
This programme aims to support African cultural and creative businesses in their development to maximise their impact locally, nationally, and internationally.
In September 2019, a first call for applications led to the selection of nine entrepreneurs from the four programme countries (Burkina Faso, Morocco, Uganda, and Senegal).
For this second edition, the call for applications is open to 9 countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Morocco, and Tunisia.
This second edition will also rely on the expertise of local Entrepreneurship Support Structures (ESS) to support the acceleration of cultural and creative enterprises in their country.
Afrique Créative is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD)…
The AFD group finances, accompanies, and accelerates transitions towards a fairer and more sustainable world. Climate, biodiversity, peace, education, culture, employment…: the teams are involved in over 4000 projects in Overseas France and 110 countries. By doing so, the AFD contributes to the commitment of France and the French people to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
…and implemented by an international consortium led by Africalia:
Africalia has been teaming up with artists and organisations working in a wide range of contemporary disciplines. Its mission is to support, collaborate with, structure, and build networks of artists to put culture and creativity at the centre of economical innovation and social transformation in Africa. Besides, Africalia also mobilises the Belgian cultural sector to draw the attention of its audiences to African creativity.
I&P Conseil is the advisory and training arm of the Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) group, an impact investment group entirely dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the African continent. The I&P group brings together four pan-African and six national funds, representing €125 million, and has supported more than 150 SMEs based in 18 sub-Saharan African countries.
Zhu Culture, a cultural engineering consultancy based in Senegal, has more than 20 years of experience and knowledge of the CCI sector. Zhu Culture supports several artists and is regularly approached by creative organisations in French- and English-speaking countries in Africa.
Bayimba Foundation is a cultural production organisation based in Uganda. Bayimba has a very extensive network in the local creative sector and has hosted creative initiatives (including festivals, workshops, individual artists, and creative collectives) for over a decade.
Programme partner incubators:
La Fabrique (Burkina Faso), ImpactHub (Ivory Coast), ActiveSpaces (Cameroon), iSpace (Ghana), Bidaya (Morocco), The Innovation Village (Uganda), Kobo Hub (Démocratic Republic of Congo), Concree (Senegal), Lab’ESS (Tunisia)