Culture Funding Watch

Culture Funding Watch

Culture Funding Watch


Executive Director: Ouafa Belgacem
Establishment: 2014
Type: Social Enterprise
Focus Region: Africa
Sectors: Arts & Culture 


CFW Mission aims at supporting art and culture practitioners and professionals’ access to resources and act in favor of sustainable, transparent, and smart financing of the cultural and creative industries in the MENA and Africa regions. Through facilitating access to information, data, and resources, building capacities, convening researches and advocacy about CCI financing. CFW plays a mediator role promoting the CCI and connecting artists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to the resources they need at the regional, national, and international levels. CFW places the professionalisation of resources mobilisation for the CCI, access to information and advocacy at the heart of its local and regional strategies.      


Provide a central hub serving as a platform for capacity building, information and research in the field of financing cultural sector in the MENA region and increasingly in the African continent.Culture Funding Watch aims to be a leading source of information and intelligence about resources mobilisation for the cultural. Through data collection, analysis, and training, it connects artists, policy makers, cultural managers and philanthropist to the resources they need to effectively foster cultural sector development at national, regional and international levels.


The vision of Culture Funding Watch is of a cultural sector enriched by an effective allocation of financial resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of culture to transforming lives and to human development. Our dream is of the establishment of an inclusive, responsible and sustainable resources mobilization practices for the Arts and Culture sector, where all stakeholders have the necessary skills and information that enable them to actively participate to the elaboration and the monitoring of cultural policies.


Build the first comprehensive database on funding for cultural sector for MENA region and Africa that collect and distribute relevant information, data and documents; Operate research and surveys programs designed to advance knowledge of cultural sector resources mobilisation at every level; Build and/or further develop effective, sustainable national, regional and international funding watchdogs to play advocacy and lobbying roles within countries, regions and internationally as appropriate; Provoke debate, discussions and theorising around funding for arts, culture, creative industries and to develop positions and leadership on such issues in the MENA region and Africa; Facilitate the training and development of human resources required to practice, develop resources mobilization capacities and effectively monitor financial resources to protect and promote art and culture in the MENA region and in Africa; Mobilise at local, regional, and international levels resources to advocate for a transparent inclusive and accountable governance of the cultural sector. Undertake all relevant activities contributing to achieving CFW mission.