Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) supports collaborative projects with the overall objective of strengthening democratisation and freedom of expression in the target countries.
These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between organisations and agents of change who work specifically with either culture or the media to bring about change.
Details of previous and ongoing projects which have been granted funding from the programme are available in the Creative Force database.
Which countries are included?
AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
What type of project is eligible for funding?
Creative Force Africa and MENA is financed by a Swedish Government special initiative, namely the Swedish Results Strategy for special initiatives for human rights and democratisation 2014-2017, administered by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). Projects granted funding by Creative Force should seek to contribute to the expected long-term outcomes of the strategy.
SI gives precedence to projects with a communicative dimension which possess the potential for wider dissemination and which will help to shape opinion and encourage discussion of the issues raised in the project.
Projects may be carried out in Sweden or in one or more of the programme countries. Priority will be given to regional and inter-regional collaborations in Africa and MENA.
Funding will normally not be granted to projects to be carried out in countries or regions which the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against visiting. SI advises all Swedish partners who have been granted funding to follow the travel recommendations of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and to check the insurance regulations for the country in question, for example on www.erv.se.
The primary target group for the Creative Force programme are agents of change and opinion-makers who, through culture or the media, work with creative processes to strengthen democratisation and human rights. These can be organisations and groups of cultural actors and journalists, other actors within media organisations as well as human rights defenders and political activists, women’s rights groups, youth organisations or other relevant actors who work to increase democratisation and freedom of expression.
The final beneficiaries of Creative Force initiatives are groups and/or individuals who are directly positively influenced by the project outcomes, especially vulnerable groups in the programme countries and regions: women, children and youth as well as minority groups in especially vulnerable positions such as LGBTQ individuals or people with disabilities.
For further information please send an e-mail to creativeforce(a)si.se