CDEA has three key programmes namely: Culture and Governance, Documentary and Future and Organizational Development.

The Culture and Governance Programme focuses on promoting inclusive or participatory governance in decision-making along the creative value chain as well as advocating for culture’s role in Sustainable Development by interweaving of cultural policies and other public policies. Key activities will be anchored within the decentralization framework of the East African Countries, supported by international and regional instruments such as the UNESCO 2005 Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Union Plan for the Cultural and Creative Industries, the East African Community Market Protocol and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) guidelines and the Creative City Planning Approach.

Culture and Governance Programme is currently implemented through research, policy analysis and advocacy in the culture and creative Industries in East Africa.

At regional level, CDEA produces a journal titled, Mashariki: Cultural Understanding and Peace Building.  Mashariki Journal is a forum that generates discourse on culture’s role in development and regional integration among East African artists, cultural leaders and managers, the broader civil society and state actors.

In the future, CDEA plans to host an annual Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference.

CDEA’s future  programming will be around peace and social cohesion, sustainable cities and tourism.

The Documentary and Future Programme has four key projects namely:

  • The Creative Economy and Accelerator Initiative that is currently composed on the Audio-visual Incubator and the Design Incubator. Future work will around Accelerating creative enterprises
  • Eco Sanaa Terrace (The Arts Space)
  • Workspaces (Hot Seats for creative and social entrepreneurs. In the future we plan to host Hot Desks)
  • Pan-African Writers Lounge

At regional level, CDEA hosts the annual East Africa Vibes Concert and Midundo Online Radio Midundo Radio. Midundo Online Radio showcases East African conscious music and broadcasts empowering programmes for the youth.

The Organization Development Programme has four themes:

Theme 1: Focus on sustainability, strategy and culture

Theme 2: Strengthening of CDEA internal systems and processes

Theme 3: Advocacy and thought leadership

Theme 4: Establishing a performing arts infrastructure

CDEA believes that culture is both an enabler and driver of sustainable development as illustrated in its Theory of Change.

Theory of Change