Call for applications: Shirika programme for arts organisations

Arterial Network is calling for applications from African arts organisations for the 2016 edition of its Shirika programme, created in partnership with the Cultural Development Trust and with seed funding from Africalia.

African arts organisations are invited to apply for Arterial Network's Shirika programme.
African arts organisations are invited to apply for Arterial Network's Shirika programme.

Shirika is a training programme designed to equip organisations with the necessary tools to become more viable and sustainable through best practice in financial management and governance. It aims to support the work of arts organisations in Africa by improving the overall health and effectiveness of their processes and systems. 

The vision of the Shirika programme is an African creative sector that is healthy and  thriving economically and socially thanks to the sustainability, performance and governance of its organisations. 

The training programme is open to all arts organisations and invites them to share their experiences and challenges with the intention to provide real-time learning and applicable solutions. The programme has been designed as a continuous growing process, with the guidance of both experts and beneficiaries.

Who can apply

Applicants must be an organisation working in or for the African arts and culture sector for at least the past three years. They must be officially registered and be able to have two English-speaking staff members attend one of the workshops listed below (venues still to be confirmed):

  • Cape Town, South Africa: 29-31 August
  • Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: 7-9 September
  • Kampala, Uganda: 19-21 September
  • Mbabane, Swaziland: 26-28 September
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: 10-12 October
  • Nairobi, Kenya: 1-3 November

How to apply

Interested parties are asked to send a single PDF document that includes all of the following required documents:

  • Latest annual report
  • Motivation letter from management team to express the needs and the will to change
  • Motivation letter from participants and their profiles/CV (top and medium level).
  • Completed Shirika Health Check
  • Organizational background.

Applications must be email to to cb.applications@arterialnetwork.org before Thursday 30 June 2016.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If your organisation is unable to take part in the Shirika pilot programme, the organisers recommend using the Shirika Health Check as a self-assessment tool for your organisation. Download it here.

For more details about the Shirika Programme visit the Arterial Network website.

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