The “Cultural Enablers” program, spanning from 2014 to 2016 and funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), was dedicated to enhancing Ethiopia’s cultural landscape. It focused on raising professionalism among cultural actors, increasing awareness of women’s roles in culture, promoting inclusiveness, and creating opportunities for blind and visually impaired musicians.
This two-year initiative revolved around three core strategies: nurturing an enabling environment for cultural producers, strengthening democracy and human rights, and cultivating a diverse and inclusive music sector. Selam’s ultimate goal was to bolster the cultural sector, promoting its pivotal role in sustainable development, growth, peace, and harmony.
“Through this project, Selam aimed to drive social change by empowering and enabling cultural life. The long-term vision was to foster a society that respects the rights of all citizens, embracing diversity, democracy, gender awareness, and inclusivity within its cultural fabric.”
Selam, in collaboration with partner organizations, targeted cultural producers, with a specific focus on women artists, young cultural actors, and blind and visually impaired cultural producers. The project encompassed capacity-building for cultural organizations, information and communication activities within the sector, and advocacy towards policymakers.
The project addressed four major challenges:
To contribute to a strong, diversified, and inclusive music sector capable of harnessing cultural expression for the greater good and social development.
Project Specific Objectives:
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