The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam   is supporting CDEA to implement the artistic rights project in Tanzania from 2022-2025. The main outcome areas of the project are:  Outcome 1: Enhanced policy knowledge for improving the status of the artists in Tanzania. Outcome 2: CDEA’s organizational capacity enhanced. Outcome 3: Improved knowledge on the need for harmonized legal framework for the Tanzanian arts sector. The Agreement


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Culture at Work : Promoting the public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in Urban Africa project, co-funded by Interarts and the European Union. CDEA is implementing a project titled, Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Technology in collaboration with KQ Hub in Kampala and the African Union Academy of African Languages (ACALAN) in Mali.

The African Culture Fund  (ACF) is a pan-African organization officially registered in the Republic of Mali with which it has established a headquarters agreement. It aims to support the sectors of arts education and cultural and creative industries of African countries and the African diaspora. ACF has supported CDEA with a grant to promote Market Access for Decorative Visual Arts from East Africa through SanaaBiz App and Portal. The grant enhance the work of CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Dar es Salaam is supporting CDEA to implement its S.M.ART Green City: Waste Management in Dar es Salaam through Recycled Art Initiative. This project is collaboration between Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and Zaidi Recyclers an incentive based and innovative based solution and recycling. The project will train and 50 community members from Ilala and Temeke municipalities to turn their trash into  interior décor and functional visual arts products that can marketed on CDEA’s SanaaBiz portal and App on a profit-share arrangement.  CDEA will also hold monthly Creative City Dialogues on the theme: Art, Settlement and the Environment in Dar es Salaam.

CDEA and Zaidi Recyclers will also hold a public exhibition together with the other selected partners involved in the My Trash, My Treasure project.

CDEA will use its Midundo Online Radio to build an environmentally conscious online community of youth in East Africa.

Hivos is a development aid organization, headquartered in The Netherlands. Hivos provides financial support to organizations working in Africa, Latin America and Asia, it provides advocacy and it supports knowledge sharing in particular in the field of social change, digital activism and rural innovations. From June 2014 to December 2015, Hivos East Africa supported CDEA to implement a project titled ‘Stimulating Artistic Innovation through Critical Debates and Collaborative Creations supported by Information Technology’. The Resource for Open Minds (R.O.O.M.) provides funding for new audiovisual artworks and safe online/offline environments for makers. In In May 2016, Hivos East Africa supported CDEA to implement a short project titled: Creative Economy Research and Advocacy in East Africa. The project aimed at supporting the National Arts Council of Tanzania to collectartists’ views on what they felt should be included in new National Arts Policy of Tanzania. CDEA entered into a partnership with Hivos to implement the Ki-katuni Critical Debates project. The 12 month project that started in October 2018, is a co-creation and co-production between CDEA, cartoonists  and filmmaker that aimed at stimulating public debate around topical issues are raised by cartoonists.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council has partnered with CDEA support the mobility of Kenyan musicians to participate in the East African Vibes Concert 2016. British Council also enabled the mobility of artists to attend the Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference in 2017 and 2018 held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In addition, Brititish Council and CDEA managed the East Africa_In Motion project in 2019-2020.

OSIEA’s philosophy is that communities are best placed to speak for themselves. Accordingly, the bulk of OSIEA’s funds are given in form of grants to empower communities to speak in their own voices. OSIEA is a flexible grant maker that uses a wide range of grant making approaches and modalities. OSIEA prioritizes grants to local national or regional organizations. In exceptional cases, OSIEA funds international organizations when they have a unique contribution to make to the Eastern Africa region or they are actively transferring knowledge or skills to in-country actors. OSIEA supported the the mobility of artists from Uganda and Kenyato attend the Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference in 2018 held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, the Regional Dialogue Committee and GIZ developed a joint initiative called the Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa – IIDEA – as a tool for engaging citizens of the EAC Partners in the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol and showcase their real integration experiences. CDEA received funding from IIDEA to launch its creative economy incubator for fashion and accessories designers, filmmakers and musicians. CDEA designed the SanaaBiz portal to enable creative incubatees to market their products and services.

Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  in collaboration with DANIDA through the Tanzania Culture and Development Programme,  supported CDEA to implement a research programme titled: Research in Culture and Creative Industries focusing on the film and Music sub-sectors contribution to creative economy in Tanzania and EAC Common Market. Through this project, CDEA produced the following publications. If you are interested in any of these publications, please reach us at

  • Policy Brief 1: National Indicators for Cultural and Creative Industries in the Next Five Year Development Plan 2016/17 – 2020/21)
  • Policy Brief 2: Digital Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for the Film and Music Industry in Tanzania
  • Policy Brief 3: Conditions Required To Support The Trade And Commercialisation Of  Film And Music Industries In  East Africa
  • Policy Brief 4: Access To Capital And Business Expertise In  For The Film And Music Industries In Tanzania
  • Mashariki: Cultural Understanding and Peace Building  Journals (6 issues)
  • Tanzania Film Value Chain Report
  • Tanzania Music Value Chain Report
  • Tanzania Film and Music Industries: Analysis Of The Industry-Specific Framework Conditions Relevant For Growth And Investment

The Tanzania Film and Music Industries: Analysis Of The Industry-Specific Framework Conditions Relevant For Growth And Investment, provided input for the conceptualization of the annual  Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference.

KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. Through KPMG Advisory Services, on behalf of the the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) CDEA was contracted to carryout two consultancies. The first was to evaluate and design a media programme for WASH in the Lake Zone of Tanzania; the second was to monitor the media programme for WASH activities in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. These consultancies were under the framework of the Public Accountability Tanzania (PATA) programme from 2012 -2013 supported by the EKN.

OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building. OCPA and CDEA established a continuing cooperation partnership in areas of common interest in order to promote the recognition of culture as a resource, a framework and a substantial objective of sustainable human development through information, research, training, sensitization and advocacy for the promotion of cultural policies in Africa and the integration of cultural objectives in development strategies at the national and regional levels.

The African Writers Trust is a non-profit entity which seeks to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. CDEA and AWT decide to establish continuing cooperation partnership for the promotion of creative writing by putting in place structures that encourage synergism, writing development and publishing prospects for creative writers in Tanzania.

Search for Common Ground uses innovative tools to end violent conflict around the world.  The organizations partners with people around the world to ignite shared solutions to destructive conflicts. We work at all levels of society to build sustainable peace through three main avenues: Dialogue+, Media+, and Community+. CDEA received funding from Search for Common Ground to carry out a gender baseline for Team project in Tanzania.

Akiba Ukaki Foundation is East African Grant making organization focused on human rights and social justice issues. At its establishment, the founders of the organization saw the need to place an emphasis on the protection and promotion particularly of second-generation – economic social and cultural rights.  Akiba Uhaki supported CDEA with funding to consolidate issues around ethics, culture and artist rights for inclusion in the draft Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established by Heads of Government in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments.

It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded by, and reporting to governments.

The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, to act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies. Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civic voices. The Commonweath Foundation awarded CDEA its first grant to implement a project titled: Empowering women organizations in East Africa to place culture at the centre of the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 .