The RECAO project


Reinforcement of the network of cultural institutions of West Africa: RECAO project


Date: November 2009 – December 2010


Symposium RECAO, 2010In African towns and cities, whatever their size, it is easy to realize the tremendous dynamism, or the proliferation of bars and eatery, places of religious worship which are in fierce competition. However, the secular space of collective construction for social bonds are scarce. In fact the role of "village square" area of distraction, learning codes, discovery and reflection, etc… remained vacant in the modern and contemporary Africa.

Cultural institutions are destined to play this role, to assume much of the mission of consolidating the social bond, guarantor of security and peace. We mean by cultural institution, a physical place, of which the function is to provide a regular cultural service to the public irrespective of age, sex, belief, religion or politics.

Now for a look more or less warned, the crisis of cultural institutions in Africa is obvious, we know the specific case of theaters of which the evident decline in the urban landscape, is reminded every FESPACO and events dedicated to Cinema in Africa. The case of museums is also experienced; they provide the image of places for tourists because African public do not visit so often museums.

No program or unattractive programming, residual traffic, lack of visibility, uncertain competence of human resources, lack of strategy to capture resources, in short, no real property projects are problems that hamper the use of cultural institutions as primary actors of cultural policies and tool of development.

Training of managers of cultural centres of West Africa, 2010Objectives :

  1. Creation of a regional network of animation and cultural diffusion as well as formatting, analysis and provision of cultural informations (see RECAO website).
  2. Increase the professional skills of collaborative programming of a network of public, private or community  establishments in the West Africa, specifically those located in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, and this after a period of 14 months.

Target countries: Benin, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal

Target groups:

  1. Persons in charge and/or teams of general, public and private institutions or communities
  2. Managers and team of places of creation and dissemination;
  3. Managers and teams of specialised  institutions such as Museums

Results :

- EPA is enhanced as a regional center of excellence in the cultural field
- Information on the inventory of cultural institutions is collected and available
- Information on programming and cultural practices is produced and regularly updated on the website.
- More than 15 leaders of cultural institutions trained, monitored in order to work together into a network.
- Activities or cultural events are produced and managed throughout a network in the target countries.

Financing and Partners:

  • Regional Funds for the Promotion of Cooperation and Cultural exchanges in the West Africa (WAEMU – ECOWAS / EU)
  • Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA
  • Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa - Observatoire des politiques Culturelles en Afrique (OCPA)
  • Le CRAC (Regional centres of cultural actions) and the Centres Culturels Français of Benin

Contacts :

- Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA, 01 BP 2205 Porto-Novo- Benin
Tél : +229 20 21 48 38 / 20 21 28 16 ; Fax : +229 20 21 21 09 ;  E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'" onmouseout="this.href=''">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Observatoire des Politiques culturelles en Afrique (OCPA), Mozambique
Secrétariat, 725 Avenida da Base N'Tchinga. P. O. Box 1207, Maputo, Mozambique

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