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Our Vision

The vision of Culture Funding Watch is of a cultural sector enriched by an effective allocation of financial resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of culture to transforming lives and to human development.
Our dream is of the establishment of an inclusive, responsible and sustainable resources mobilization practices for the Arts and Culture sector, where all stakeholders have the necessary skills and information that enable them to actively participate to the elaboration and the monitoring of cultural policies.


Provide a central hub serving as a platform for capacity building, information and research in the field of financing cultural sector in the MENA region and increasingly in the African continent.Culture Funding Watch aims to be a leading source of information and intelligence about resources mobilisation for the cultural. Through data collection, analysis, and training, it connects artists, policy makers, cultural managers and philanthropist to the resources they need to effectively foster cultural sector development at national, regional and international levels. CFW aim to:

  • build the first comprehensive database on funding for cultural sector for MENA region and Africa that collect and distribute relevant information, data and documents;
  • Operate research and surveys programs designed to advance knowledge of cultural sector resources mobilisation at every level;
  • Build and/or further develop effective, sustainable national, regional and international funding watchdogs to play advocacy and lobbying roles within countries, regions  and internationally as appropriate;
  • Provoke debate, discussions and theorising around funding for arts, culture, creative industries and to develop positions and leadership on such issues in the MENA region and Africa;
  • Facilitate the training and development of human resources required to practice, develop resources mobilization capacities and effectively monitor financial resources to protect and promote art and culture in the MENA region and in Africa;
  • Mobilise at local, regional, and international levels resources to advocate for a transparent inclusive and accountable governance of the cultural sector.
  • Undertake all relevant activities contributing to achieving CFW mission.