Culture Fund concludes: Zimbabwean cultural industries are challenged by lack of research. Steppes in Sync suggests: go beyond Harare asap, watch Zimbabwe reads do the trick with Nambya and Kalanga communities

Culture Fund concludes: Zimbabwean cultural industries are challenged by lack of research. Steppes in Sync suggests: go beyond Harare asap, watch Zimbabwe reads do the trick with Nambya and Kalanga communities

Our colleagues over at the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust report that the ongoing research of the way cultural industries contribute to the Zimbabwean economy is at the data compilation stage.

The Culture Fund (that supports the likes of  Gwanza photo exhibition and Steppes in Sync partner film-maker Stephen Chigorimbo and aims at nurturing a sustainable culture sector in Zimbabwe) partnered with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) to conduct a statistical survey of cultural industries in Harare and major surrounding areas of Chitungwiza, Norton, Ruwa and Epworth in 2012, with USD 99,023 of funding from the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

In their December 2012 newsletter, Culture Fund (through which Sweden has been injecting ca USD 1 million annually into Zimbabwe’s creative industries since 2006) anticipated that a stakeholder’s workshop disseminating findings to stakeholders will take place during the first quarter of 2013.

The Culture for Development research conducted  by the Culture Fund is a follow up to their seminal 2009 Baseline Survey (See pdf).  The survey observed that one of the challenges facing Zimbabwean cultural industries is that they have not been well researched.

Nambya Cultural Association is supported by Zimbabwe Reads initiative

We at Steppes in Sync hope that the ongoing statistical survey of Zimbabwe’s cultural industries will not be taking too long to expand from the country’s capital and will soon present us with the batches of data that will enable Zimbabweans and friends of Zimbabwe to pioneer human development initiatives through culture in the truly marginalized parts of the country. And yes, this is not in Harare.

For inspiration, check what our partner Zimbabwe reads initiative is doing in the minority language realm by supporting the Nambya Cultural Association and the Nambya Development Organisation Trust (both in Hwange) as well as the Kalanga Language and Cultural Development Association operating from Bulawayo. Also be sure to check Is Zimbabwe Reading? The 2011 Reading Survey by Zimbabwe reads.

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